STEM Panelists from left to right: Carol Silva, News 12 Long Island Anchor; Lt. Col. Jill Long, Fighter Pilot; Dr. Nada Marie Anid, Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences; Ellen Baker, Astronaut; Jennifer Baxmeyer, CAM Director of Education; and Andrew Parton, CAM Executive Director.
"I commend the Cradle of Aviation Museum for putting together an event just for girls and giving them the opportunity to hear the passion that females, who have broken barriers (including the sound barrier!), have for science and engineering. The goal was to empower every girl in the auditorium to think: "I can do this!" said Dr. Anid whose take- away message for the girls was "that commitment, determination, hard work and perseverance are what it takes to realize your dreams."
The event is designed to motivate young girls to consider careers in STEM which traditionally have been male dominated. The event also celebrates active role models in STEM. Each panel member discussed their specific career field, how they got there and the importance of women in America's growing shortage of STEM professionals.