College of Lake County hosts STEM event for girls

  • College of Lake County student Heather Seidel, right, diffracts light with an argon laser for girls attending the College of Lake County's STEM event Saturday in Grayslake.

      College of Lake County student Heather Seidel, right, diffracts light with an argon laser for girls attending the College of Lake County's STEM event Saturday in Grayslake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Medical imaging student Amanda Vignocchi, far right, shows girls how to use an x-ray machine during the College of Lake County's STEM event for girls Saturday in Grayslake.

      Medical imaging student Amanda Vignocchi, far right, shows girls how to use an x-ray machine during the College of Lake County's STEM event for girls Saturday in Grayslake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Allyson Crow, 15, of Grayslake, right, looks through a spectrometer with other girls during the College of Lake County's STEM event for girls Saturday in Grayslake.

      Allyson Crow, 15, of Grayslake, right, looks through a spectrometer with other girls during the College of Lake County's STEM event for girls Saturday in Grayslake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • An argon laser is used to diffract light during the College of Lake County's STEM event for girls Saturday in Grayslake.

      An argon laser is used to diffract light during the College of Lake County's STEM event for girls Saturday in Grayslake. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 2/23/2019 6:34 PM

Girls looked on in awe as College of Lake County student Heather Seidel diffracted light with an argon laser as the college in Grayslake hosted a STEM event Saturday.

The event was free and for girls in grades 7-12 who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

 

The goal is to motivate middle school and high school girls interested in STEM careers to become innovative and creative thinkers, and to introduce them to college life through a series of hands-on activities and inspiring presentations.

Girls had the opportunity to attend presentations on topics such as engineering, astronomy, lasers, biology and rockets. College of Lake County faculty, students and other professional experts led the presentations where girls could participate in hands-on sessions.

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