Cox Mill High School (CMHS) held its first Girls in STEM event with nearly 200 attendees in March 2022. The Girls in STEM event was created with the purpose of inspiring, motivating, and encouraging female students in grades K-12 to get involved with STEM. Student visitors had the opportunity to engage in interactive activities, which included a virtual reality booth by Bank of America, a robotics booth by Hylaine, and an All About Building booth by Trane Technologies, among others.
The event also featured a panel of women involved in STEM careers who answered questions and shared their career experiences with high school attendees. The panel included Sarita Pennoh, Senior Academy of Information Technology (AoIT) scholar at Cox Mill High School; Elise Frazier, Computer Science major at UNC Charlotte and future summer intern at TIAA; and Katie Nuccio, Senior Engineer at Slalom Build. Additionally, the event featured women in leadership positions across a variety of businesses and organizations, including Duke Energy Corporation, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Google Fiber, among others.
The Girls in STEM event counted with the support of CMHS Work-Based Learning Coordinator Holly Harris, Cox Mill Academy of Information Technology (AoIT) alumni and board members, West Cabarrus Academy of Aviation and Aerospace students and CMHS Theater teacher Jeremy Peterson. CMHS Work-Based Learning Coordinator Holly Harris shared, “My hope in hosting this event is to inspire people...I want young women to find their voices and know that they have a support system around them in this community.”
The Girls in STEM event was hosted by Code Ninjas Concord and supported by Red Ventures, Hylaine, and CapTech Consulting.
Images by Cox Mill High School Multimedia Interns.