By IU Communications—
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University President Pamela Whitten to host the fifth annual Launch(ed) Women in Technology Conference, which aims to inspire college girls to pursue their interest in STEAM fields: science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The conference will take place on March 23 at the Hub & Spoke in Fishers.
“I am honored to host the fifth annual Launch(ed) Women in Technology Conference,” said Whitten. “This conference provides opportunities for middle school girls to learn, explore, and interact with new innovations, technology products, and STEAM professionals, and sets them on an exciting path to contribute to these fields in the future.”
The conference will include an interactive tour of Fishers’ Maker Playground, hands-on demonstrations of PCB fabrication, a virtual flight simulator, robotics, 3D printing and more. Students also participate in a design challenge to improve the lives of others and prototype a solution as a team.
Those joining Whitten to serve as design challenge mentors include Fishers Town First Lady Aunna Fadness, Hamilton South East Schools Superintendent Yvonne Stokes and Chief Equity Officer of Indiana Inclusion and Opportunity, Karrah Herring.
The Launch(ed) Women in Technology conference will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Hub & Spoke, 8100 E. 106th St. in Fishers. Tickets are $10 per student. Prizes and gifts will be distributed throughout the conference. For more information and to register, go to event website.
Since 2017, the Launch(ed) Women in Technology program has reached 514 young women in 46 cities and six states. Noblesville High School sophomore and Central Indiana Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Lina Hamashuk attended the middle school conference.
“One of my favorite memories with my Girl Scout troop is demonstrating robotics at the Launch(ed) Women in Technology conference,” Hamashuk said. “It was fun and exciting to share robotics with other girls my age. It’s important to me to encourage other girls to explore STEAM because there are so many opportunities out there. The first step is to show how really fun it can be.
Hamashuk will return to the 2022 conference to assist the Central Indiana Girl Scouts with the hands-on demonstration and to host a short Q&A segment with Whitten. Other institutions participating in the demonstrations include LIFT Academy; Ignite Studio at the Hamilton East Public Library; Hamilton Southeastern High School Girls Who Code; Snapology; SMC Corporation of America; Indiana University’s MILL Makerspace; the Westfield High School Innovation Team; IU Center of Excellence for Women and Technology; and the IU School of Education, IU School of Science, and Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, all at IUPUI.
Whitten became the 19th IU president on July 1, 2021. She is the first woman to serve as IU President in the university’s more than 200-year history. Since taking office, Whitten has aligned the university around the core missions of putting student success first; develop academic research, discovery and creativity; and improve the quality of life for residents of Indiana and beyond.