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FALL 2017

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[ forum ] R A M A K . R A M A S WA M Y writer according to the Wellesley Education Foundation's (WEF) Co-Presidents Susan Ryan and Erica Recht, WEF's STEM Expo 2017 "inspired over 3,000 attendees, featured 113 exhibits, produced 21 engaging workshops, had 14 incredibly generous sponsors, organized two amazing student challenges that led up to the big Expo day, rolled out five STEM experts on the STEM Professional Panel that addressed college readiness, and arranged for a keynote presentation on the collision of black holes and dark matter by MIT Professor of Physics Dr. Edward Bertschinger." They added, "And last but not least, we owe an enormous thank you to the 80 plus volunteers who made it all work seamlessly." The Wellesley STEM Expo 2017 planning committee included the following WEF board members: Katey Goehringer, Beth Anne Willett, Linda H. Chow, Melissa Johannes, Kristen Toffer, Rama K. Ramaswamy, Traci Battle, Anne Marie Cronin, Claudia Ticktin, Sheila Olsen, Julia de Peyster, Carol Almeda-Morrow, Marybeth Martello, Susan Ryan, Erica Recht, Phyllis Theermann, and Jessica Stanton. For the first time this year, there were two student challenges that preceded Expo 2017: the Wellesley CreateAThon, sponsored by Wellesley Public Media; and the Sustainabilty Challenge, sponsored by Sustainable Wellesley. After participating in the CreateAthon, 70 percent of the mid- dle and high school students said they were more likely to explore computer science courses and take coding classes. After competing in the Sustainability Challenge, elementary and middle school students said they gained a new appreciation for renewable energy and sustainability. When asked about this year's STEM Expo, WEF Board Member Claudia Ticktin said, "As a first-time attendee, I noticed that students of all ages were delighted to be part of this event. Elementary school students were fascinated by the exhibits in the Robot Zoo. Middle school students were intent on solving coding challenges in the CreateAthon event and at Expo's Microsoft Coding Workshop. High schoolers at the STEM Professional Panel engaged in sophisticated dialogue with the panel's distinguished participants and received valuable access to information and thought- ful guidance for the pursuit of STEM courses and careers. Additionally, the keynote address 'Rocking Space Time' was engaging for all who attended." Wellesley Public Schools Technology Director Kathleen Dooley also loved the event. "Being in the Robot Zoo was a blast," she said. "The line-up was great too." WEF board members Katey Goehringer and Beth Anne Willet agree that the depth and breadth of all the exhibits, workshops, and presentations by sponsors at Expo 17 was "incredible to watch in action." Sponsors included: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Millipore - Sigma, INTEX, MathWorks, National Grid, Wellesley STEM Expo 2017 50 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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