Newton’s three middle-school girl ambassadors to Envision the Future — Abigail Brooks (Brown MS), Dumebi Okonkwo (Day MS), and Deanne Harris (Oak Hill MS) — had a terrific week at Bridgewater State University, culminating in a STEM Resource Expo to present their work and meet with STEM programs and vendors. Sponsored by the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club, the Newton team joined 45 other girls from 17 Massachusetts communities in a packed program of inspiration, introductions, experimentation, and accomplishment — all in collaboration with about two dozen women in STEM careers.
Attending the final-day Expo were Tamara Brogan (Boys & Girls Club Director of Education), Margaret Albright (Newton School Committee), and Bruce Henderson (NewtonSTEM). Other supporters of Envision the Future — Angela Pitter (Newton School Committee) and Jill Graboski (Newton Free Library Assistant Director) — were unable to attend at the last minute. NewTV covered the event (video; see timemark 8:10).
The Newton Envision the Future middle-school ambassadors and supporting organizations — including Newton Community Education and The Innovation Institute — are eager to replicate aspects of the program in Newton throughout the coming year. Stay tuned.