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Carroll Community College Partners with Shiloh Middle School to Present Ready, Set, Stem

Carroll Community College Partners with Shiloh Middle School to Present Ready, Set, Stem

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Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
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WESTMINSTER, MD., -Carroll Community College (Carroll) and Shiloh (Shiloh) Middle School will partner to present an activity called "Ready, Set, STEM" at the middle school on Friday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

"Ready, Set, STEM" is a collaborative project between the college and the middle school in which a team from the college facilitates hands-on, engaging and fun STEM activities with over 200 eighth graders. Becca Sepan, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. She will speak about the New Horizon's mission, the Pluto Encounter. The event date of April 24 is also the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Sepan, keynote speaker and Columbia, Md. resident, graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering and from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Engineering in the same field. Sepan works at APL in spacecraft mission operations for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kulper Belt, and the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. She started her career at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working on the Terra Mission. In addition to space exploration activities, Sepan enjoys playing field hockey and participating in many outdoor activities.

College President James D. Ball said, "The collaboration between Carroll and Shiloh is an excellent example of a unique partnership in which students are supported and encouraged to learn all they can about STEM in an enjoyable setting. A special note of appreciation goes to the dedicated faculty and staff from both Carroll and Shiloh who have so carefully coordinated this important event."

Shiloh Eighth Grade Mathematics Teacher Vicki Weiland said, "Our middle school students most enjoy their interaction with college students. Our students tell me that Carroll students understand them."