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July 5, 2018 Highland selected for Femineer program
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The Highland school district got a boost last week to encourage females to pursue STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – in their education and careers.

The district received word that it was one of three schools in Iowa selected for the University of Iowa College of Engineering Femineer Adopt-a-School Program.

“In a nutshell, it is a STEM program that focuses on getting more females into those programs, though not limited to that point,” Superintendent Mike Jorgensen said. “The program will be implemented on the secondary level for the fall of 2018. We are starting with the middle school but do plan to expand it to the high school.”

The Femineer Program was created and funded by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering in 2013 to inspire females to pursue STEM in their education and career. The University of Iowa became a Femineer affiliate in 2016.

The program provides K-12 students with project-based learning, female engineering student mentors and hands-on learning opportunities.

According to a press release from the university’s College of Engineering, “The program engages participants through highly creative, hands-on activities. By engaging with real-world applications, Femineer students acquire the technical knowledge and practical skills necessary to become confident and strong in their future careers.”

Highland teacher Amrika Stumpf has been tasked with going through the training and implementing the program. She will attend training Aug. 6-8 at the Kirkwood Regional Center in Coralville.

The other two schools selected for the program were Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville and Linn-Mar High School in Marion.

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