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Updated: 06/03/2012 08:02:10AM

AAUW sponsors STEM event

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Joan Dick, president of the Lake Wales branch of AAUW, and Linda Taylor "Green" STEM coordinator look on as fourth and fifth grade girls from 7 different schools in Lake Wales work on their projects for recycling. "This is the group's 138th anniversary and we are celebrating by encouraging and inspiring girls to continue their education in the field of math science and engineering because that is where the high paying jobs are," said Dick. Lake Wales is the only branch of the AAUW in Polk County.


Melissa Simmons a third grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School assists Lixbed Marcia and Anissa Ortiz in their solar energy projects on STEM day (science, technology, engineering and math) hosted by the American Association of University Women.


Melissa Kelly assists the girls in their project concerning water conservation.

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The “Girls Can Be Anything!” event held at Hillcrest Elementary on Saturday was sponsored by the Lake Wales Branch of American Association of University Women and hosted by Hillcrest. More than 60 fourth- and fifth-grade girls took part in STEM activities that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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