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Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF) for Middle School Students

SELF Participants from Medway Middle School in TRC

SELF Participants from Medway Middle School in TRC

Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF) for the Middle School Students

Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF) for the Middle School Information

Engineering Information Foundation has funded a grant for the second year to connect middle school girls of rural Maine to STEM careers through active research, mentoring and community service in Forest Bio-Products.  About 80 girls will be spending a day at the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute’s Technology Research Center in Old Town to learn beyond paper making about the use of Maine forest in developing advanced materials, chemicals and fuels in an economically and ecologically sustainable manner.

The objectives of this project are:

  • To promote interest in STEM education and careers for girls by raising awareness about the responsible use of a forest eco-system as a building block for sustainable and renewable energy resource
  • to engage, mentor and prepare female middle school students from rural communities in cutting-edge Forest BioProducts research programs at the University of Maine
  • To connect the participating girls with the college sophomores for a continued knowledge of the UMaine Engineering Programs thereby to advance girls from rural areas to pursue post-secondary education in STEM fields

Schools/organizations can bring a group (up to 20) of middle school girls to campus for a day.  The group can decide the day to come. Transportation cost and lunch will be provided.

For more information please contact:  Sheila Pendse Sheila.pendse@maine.edu or 207-581-2225

Girls working in teams on Energy Projects

Girls working in teams on Energy Projects