An annual Dinner With A Scientist event connects female STEM students with professional women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
This year, electronics engineer Danielle Demmon was impressed with the high school girls who asked detailed questions. “One student asked what the work environment is like at my job, which is a great question but not one I would have thought to ask as a high school student,” said Demmon. “Now that I have worked in industry for over five years, I realize the importance of this question because some people work best in high-stress environments while others crumble. It is valuable for people to know the best the type of work environment for themselves to ensure they’re working at a place where they can thrive.”
The event is formatted like speed dating. Students remain at tables while the professionals move to a new table every 15 minutes. “The purpose of Dinner with a Scientist is to connect female students who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to professional women who work in STEM fields,” said organizer Danielle Watson, a College & Career Specialist at Granada High School. “Students have the opportunity to learn about different career opportunities, internships, colleges, majors, and job training from professionals. It’s also a way for students to learn networking skills.”