Women in NAACP (WIN), a Standing Committee of the Indiana
County Branch of the NAACP, along with American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Indiana County have partnered with Saint Francis University and other community sponsors to provide STEAM programs for girls ages 8-15 years old. The initiative intends to introduce and excite girls about opportunities within the STEAM field.
The new program is called Project GetSTEAM, for girls exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Participating girls will attend Saturday sessions at the Indiana YMCA, and/or related field trips, including with participating partners.
“Saint Francis University is excited about the opportunity to be a part of this pilot program with WIN. Partnering with GetSTEAM is a mission-related opportunity for Saint Francis University faculty and students to share their passion while serving the community,” says Dr. Peter Skoner, Interim Dean of the School of STEAM.
Dr. Lori Woods, Associate Dean in the Saint Francis University School of STEAM adds, “SFU faculty have expressed interest in presenting sessions for the girls, and some SFU students have shown an interest in becoming mentors for these young women to help them build their confidence. The plan is to bring the girls to campus for STEAM programs, athletics events, and other activities to show them that learning can be fun.”
At this point in the process, SFU is looking for more students who are interested in being mentors. NAACP’s WIN and AAUW are looking for girls that would like to participate in GetSTEAM, as well as asking community members to help sponsor girls in the program. A $75 sponsorship would support one girl attending the program. If you would like to be a sponsor for a girl to participate, donations can be made by sending a check to “GetSTEAM” (c/o AAUW Treasurer), 2535 Warren Road, Indiana, PA 15701 or donate online at:
Indiana, PA parents and girls can find out more about Project GetSTEAM at a special interest session on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 from 10am – 12pm at the Indiana YMCA.
School of STEAM at SFU
The Saint Francis University School of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) features faculty and academic programs creating a robust interdisciplinary environment of the fine arts and humanities with the sciences and engineering. The School of STEAM is home to several new and renovated facilities including the state-of-the-art Science Center with enhanced lab spaces, research & outreach facilities, and collaboration areas for students; a Boiler House and Arts Garage for student music, art and camaraderie; and the Keirn Family World War II Museum where faculty and students preserve historic materials and serve as tour guides. Programs and courses in engineering, humanities, biology, chemistry, fine arts, cybersecurity, pre-medicine and more provide a comprehensive curriculum for students to build an interdisciplinary portfolio. The School of STEAM provides many unique opportunities for students to learn and develop in complementary disciplines that lead to transformational personal experiences, abundant career prospects, and leadership and service orientation for lifelong learning and living.
The Indiana County NAACP and AAUW
Indiana County NAACP, Women in the
NAACP (WIN) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) are both
committed to enhancing women and girl’s leadership roles, equity, and social
justice through advocacy, education, philanthropy, research, outreach, and
promotion of positive self-development.
Photo Caption: Saint Francis University Drs. Irene Wolf (Left) and Lori Woods (Right) with Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn (Middle), President of the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference of Branches (guest speaker), at the Indiana County Branch of AAUW Fall Luncheon.