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May 16, 2017 : “Women in Technology and Science” day brings 300 area middle school students to Ohio University Lancaster


Wits1WebDesignWomen in Technology and Science (WITS) celebrated its 25th anniversary at Ohio University Lancaster.  The May 5th day-long event, through education, enlightenment, and inspiration, encouraged 6th-8th grade girls to pursue an education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Around 300 area students and teachers attended the event and spent the day learning about careers in chemistry, engineering, computer science, math, police science, medical technology and veterinary medicine.


“The goal of the Women in Technology and Science day is to provide young women from the Lancaster City, Fairfield, Logan-Hocking, and Pickaway County School Districts with the opportunity to meet with and learn from area women who have chosen careers in technology, mathematics, and science through interactive, hands-on workshops,” said WITS Committee Chair Pam Kaylor. “WITS also strives to provide young girls with the opportunity to interact with peers who have potential interest in STEM areas.”


WitsTeacherThe keynote session featured animals from the Columbus Zoo and a presentation about careers in zoology.  There were more than 25 science professionals who presented sessions on a variety of topics.  Representatives included faculty and STEM professionals from Ohio University Lancaster and Chillicothe, Morris Veterinary Clinic, Abbott Nutrition, American Hort, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Crime Lab, OBGYN Associates, Wissler, Myers & Kallies Family Dentistry, Lancaster Animal Clinic, and Defenbaught-Wise-Schoedinger Funeral Home.


The day of career exploration was started at the Lancaster Campus in 1992 by Dr. Jane Johnsen.  It was offered every two years and was last held in 2010.  This is the first year WITS has been offered since Johnsen passed away in 2013.


“WITS was very important to Jane Johnsen and it was important for Ohio University Lancaster to offer this opportunity again to middle school girls in our community,” said Kaylor. “We need to show young women that they should explore these kinds of careers because they can and will be successful.”


Each participating middle school selects young women to participate in WITS.  The day-long event includes lunch and is offered at no charge to students, teachers or school districts.  Sponsors for WITS 2017 were Ohio University Lancaster, STARS Consulting, and Mid-West Fabricating.