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UCM Hosts 2017 STEAM Event for Girls from Western Missouri

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 22, 2017) – The University of Central Missouri Department of Career and Technology Education and the School of Technology will host the Seventh Grade Girls STEAM Event for western Missouri March 30 on the UCM campus in Warrensburg.

Melissa Tebbenkamp STEAM keynote
UCM alumna Melissa Tebbenkamp will be the keynote speaker for the STEAM event planned for March 30.

More than 500 seventh grade girls from western Missouri will attend the event, which offers experiences related to preparation for careers in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Girls will engage in hands-on activities in STEAM areas, designed and facilitated by instructors from UCM and more than 30 business and industry representatives and leaders.

The STEAM event at UCM is one of two planned for Missouri. The event for students from the eastern portion of Missouri was March 15 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Keynote speaker for the STEAM Event at UCM will be Melissa Tebbenkamp, director of instructional technology for Raytown Quality Schools, Raytown, Mo. Since joining Raytown Quality Schools in 2006, Tebbenkamp has become one of the first 46 professionals in the nation and one of only three in Missouri certified as an education technology leader by the Consortium for School Networking. She serves on the CoSN national board of directors and was founding member and past chair of CoSN’s state chapter, the Missouri Education Technology Leaders Board. She also served as moderator and creator of Missouri’s Educational Technology Professional Learning Community.

Tebbenkamp received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in educational technology in from UCM.

"We at the University of Central Missouri are very fortunate to host the 2017 STEAM Conference for 7th Grade Girls. The impact our presenters, our middle school teachers and counselors, our parents/guardians, our DESE partners, and our UCM planners and staff are having on our seventh grade girls is amazing," said Michael Elliott, UCM assistant professor of career and technology education. "We know girls can succeed in STEAM-related academics, and this conference will showcase the opportunities and different career opportunities in the STEAM fields. Additionally, we at UCM would like to thank our DESE/Regional College and Career Consultants for this partnership opportunity."

The STEAM Events are the result of a partnership between Missouri regional college and career consultantst from across the state, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, UCM and Washington University. Demand for the STEAM event, held at Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2016, has doubled, resulting in the two 2017 events that will be attended by nearly 1,000 girls.

The National Girls Collaborative Project and the STEM Education Coalition validate the importance of STEAM events for girls. Research indicates that STEAM events engaging girls between the ages of 10 and 14 influences them to enter a STEAM career field.