Project S.T.E.A.M. TV held its first annual Future Producers Award Summit this past Saturday, May 9th. Roughly 40 students and parents attended the four-hour event that featured representatives for each letter in the S.T.E.A.M. acronym, scientific demonstrations and activities, a performance by local dance group, Face Da Phlave, a panelist of S.T.E.A.M. experts, and a key-note speech by Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. The day was hosted by the lovely and vivacious Amanda Decker, whose energy and enthusiasm were as infectious as they were palpable.
The “S” in the S.T.E.A.M. acronym was represented by the Association of Women in Forensic Science. AWIFS’ booth had attendees don gloves and goggles, then engage in some simple forensic experiments. AWIFS is a Philadelphia non-profit that provides networking and mentoring opportunities to high school and college students with a passion for forensic science. While AWIFS’ services are available to any young person interested, their focus is on ensuring that women are better represented in the field and that they are offered specific encouragement and advice from other female scientists.