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TWISTER event draws a tornado of teen scientists


This girl may be a future engineer
Photo: AP/Frank Hormann
TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Research) just held its annual conference for teen girls at Nashville's Adventure Science Center. Design your future was this year's theme.
The event drew female participants in grades 9 through 12 from all regions of Tennessee. This was a great networking opportunity and a chance for girls to meet others with similar interests. First, the girls entered Jackwood Hall, registered and performed a career-familiarity ice-breaking activity. For this activity, each table was assigned a profession and girls had to answer questions regarding characteristics, tools and academic pathways to that particular science profession.
Participants then split off into pre-assigned workshops. Workshop subjects were Environmental, Space, Animal Science, Nursing/Medical, Biotechnology, Software Development, Engineering and Public Health/Public Safety. Each teen girl had the opportunity to attend four workshops. Lunch was donated by Chic-Fil-a and the Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee.
Later girls gathered and turned in their post-interest surveys and session evaluations. All sponsors for the event were introduced and scholarship recipients (two total - 1 for $1,000 and 1 for $2,500) were announced. Scholarships were only available to girls who were high school juniors or seniors. Girls received door prizes such as journals, CDs, tote bags, gift cards, jewelry, and stuffed animals. Each girl received a backpack of sponsor gifts and college information. TWISTER is sponsored each year, so maybe your high school-aged teen can attend next year.


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