WENY News - African American women in STEM host panel to inspire younger gen

African American women in STEM host panel to inspire younger generation

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A group of young African American women were able to learn all about STEM on Saturday.

The John W. Jones Museum and the YWCA in Elmira teamed up to host a movie and panel discussion about African American women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).They showed the movie, "Hidden Figures" and then after, four local women in the STEM Industry spoke to kids about their jobs and answered questions. 

"It is just critical that we continue to expose them to the reality of life," said John W. Jones president of the board of trustees, Talima Aaron. " If we are going to be successful as a nation, as our past president said, innovation is the future, then we have to make sure that we're in for of that and we have to make it real  for these kids."

The event aimed at helping young african american women in the area realize their potenital and remind them that they can grow up to be anything they want. 

"I'm hoping that they heard something that sparks some interest in STEM or interest in whatever it is that they want to do," said Aaron. "But I would love for them to feel positive about continuing their education past high school."

The event is the museum's way of celebrating black history month. 

If you'd like to learn more information about the John W. Jones Museum, you can visit their website at: http://www.johnwjonesmuseum.org/.

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