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Women in Charge Travels to Florida

posted Apr 19, 2017, 11:01 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 19, 2017, 11:02 AM ]
Recently, Seneca Middle School’s Women-in- Charge, a program designed to expose middle school girls to careers in math, science and technology, enjoyed a fantastic and fascinating field trip to central Florida. Faculty sponsors Deborah Belflower and Delaine Childress accompanied 34 seventh and eighth graders to the Kennedy Space Center and EPCOT at Disney World. While at Kennedy the participants toured the Saturn Five Center where they viewed an actual space shuttle and saw memorials to astronauts who died in service to the space exploration program. Some of the girls were also able to speak with astronauts and engineers on site. The following day at EPCOT, the students soared over the globe in a hang glider seeing different animal species and wonders of the world. Visits to other exhibits allowed the students to learn about sustainable high-tech horticulture and the Manatee rescue program, talk with a scientist about endangered turtles, and fulfill fantasies of being an astronaut through a session in a space capsule. They were also exposed to the food and culture of eleven different countries including Mexico, China, Japan and Norway through the World Showcase. Overall, the trip exposed the students to many valuable life lessons associated with travel but, most importantly, featured experiences that reinforced the group’s mission to expose and encourage the girls to consider careers in STEM fields.