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North Merrick Girls are Empowered by Women in STEM

Thirty-one sixth grade girls from the North Merrick School District attended "A Salute to Women in STEM" hosted by the Cradle of Aviation Museum on March 11. They joined middle and high school students from several schools across Long Island at an assembly headed by a panel of extraordinary women who work in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The panel members discussed their career choices and encouraged the young women to consider a future in STEM fields. Retired astronaut Nicole Stott described her journey to becoming an astronaut and shared photos of her Expedition missions. She also spoke about her new career path as an artist and her artwork, which is inspired by outer space. Dr. Sharon DeVivo, President of Vaughn College, challenged the girls to pursue their dreams. Explained Mrs. Moser, "Dr. Vivo inspired the girls to seek out STEM positions without any reservation."

NM Students at STEM Conference

North Merrick students accompanied by teacher Christina Moser (far right) with Dr. Sharon DeVivo, President of Vaughn College (far left) and retired astronaut Nicole Stott (center).