Carroll Community College Students Participate in Ready, Set, STEM at Shiloh Middle School

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Public & Corporate Relations Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Westminster, Md., April 19, 2018—Carroll Community College (Carroll) students will present a series of activities called “Ready, Set, STEM” to eighth graders at Shiloh Middle School (Shiloh) on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the middle school.

“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 about 216 eighth graders this year.

Keynote Speaker

Becca Sepan, an engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL), will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. In past years, she has spoken about the work involved in a major scientific project called the New Horizons mission that encountered the Pluto system in 2015. This year, she will update students on the discoveries of the mission so far and discuss plans for the next Kuiper Belt encounter.

She 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, the Kuiper Belt and the proposed Dragonfly rotorcraft-lander that if selected by NASA, will explore Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.

She started her career at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working on these Earth Observing spacecraft: Terra, Aqua and the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM). She was also a member of the mission operations team for the MESSENGER mission that orbited Mercury.

College President Dr. James D. Ball said, “Once again, Carroll is proud to partner with Shiloh for Ready, Set, STEM. Such one-of-a kind interaction helps to prepare a new generation of creative thinkers who will one day open doors to important new scientific discoveries.”

College Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Rosalie Mince said, “One of the highlights of “Ready, Set, STEM” is the interaction between Carroll and Shiloh students. The middle school students see first-hand the passion and aspirations of Carroll students, which promotes confidence and curiosity at an early age.”


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