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April 11, 2017

La Roche College to Host STEM Savvy May 13

PITTSBURGH, April 11, 2017 – On May 13 La Roche College will welcome students in grades seven through 12 to explore science, technology and math fields at its first STEM Savvy event.

STEM Savvy introduces students to STEM majors and careers through hands-on experiences and informative workshops. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Zappala College Center on La Roche’s campus in McCandless Township.

Peggy Schmiedecke, associate director of admissions, said, “STEM Savvy provides participants with real-world applications of STEM and helps connect majors they could pursue in college to career opportunities that require a strong STEM background.”

Students will participate in two hands-on workshops. One workshop will allow students to use Ozobots, small robots that enable users to learn simple coding through interactive games and activities. The other workshop includes a chemistry experiment.

“I am a firm believer that science can be enjoyed, learned and understood by everyone. STEM activities, if done well, can arouse the natural curiosity of students. Learning-by-doing is often a far more captivating way of studying science than merely reading a textbook or passively watching a video,” Chemistry Department Chair Don Fujito, Ph.D., said.

The event also offers parents and students three career exploration workshops. Parents and students can preregister for their top two selections.

STEM Savvy is supported by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) North Hills Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW hosted a similar event at La Roche last May.

Registration is required by May 4, and there is a $5 fee. Register online for the event.

Please contact Freshman Admissions at 412-536-1272 or admissions@laroche.edu for more information.

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctoral program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche College embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.

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