Calling all 5th and 6th grade girls! Talk to local female scientists and learn more about STEM at Snacks with Scientists on October 20 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm!

Snacks with Scientists is an annual outreach event designed to encourage 5th and 6th grade girls to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related fields. Studies show that if girls aren't interested in STEM by the 5th or 6th grade, they are very unlikely to pursue a career in STEM later on. The gender gap in STEM careers seems to be widening and we want to help girls learn more about the many career paths available in STEM. Our goal is to introduce girls in Monmouth County to STEM now, so that they will be part of the future of those fields.

what is snacks with scientists?

Students will be able to meet and talk to successful women who have a wide variety of experiences in the academic and professional world, while enjoying delicious snacks. To read more about our scientists, please visit our Meet the Scientists page. High Tech student volunteers will also be joining in to help facilitate conversations.

Snacks with Scientists is also a charitable event that will donate all proceeds to an organization which provides housing assistance and programs for women and children dealing with domestic violence.

Snacks with Scientists will be hosted by the National Honor Society at High Technology High School on October 20 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. All girls in 5th or 6th grade are invited to register and experience an afternoon filled with conversations, snacks, and all things STEM!


donations

There is a suggested donation of $10 per student for the event. Please see our FAQ page for more information.

Important Dates!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
October 20: Day of the Event!


event details

When:
Friday, October 20
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Where:
High Technology High School
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

Registration

Space is limited and spots are expected to fill up quickly so please register early! Note that this event is specifically for 5th and 6th grade girls, so only female students in those grades will be able to attend. If you cannot come to the event and need to cancel for any reason, please email hths.nhs.projects@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Please note that attendance at Snacks with Scientists has no bearing on admissions to High Technology High School. For more information about High Tech, please visit the school website.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at hths.nhs.projects@gmail.com!

Meet the Scientists


Each year, we are extremely fortunate to have many successful women as mentors! Our scientists have backgrounds ranging across a wide variety of fields, and they all know what it's like to be a woman working in STEM. They are eager to share their stories, experiences, and knowledge with all the students attending Snacks with Scientists.


COASTAL ECOLOGIST
I am a post-doctoral associate at Stevens Institute of Technology working on living shoreline projects in the Davidson Laboratory and the Coastal Ecosystems Extension Agent at New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. I have experience as an educator through summer camps and community colleges. I recently have been doing educational outreach through an interactive trivia program entitled "Ocean Hazards: Sharks vs Rip Currents", along with presentations about coastal resiliency and NJ Sea Grant Consortium's Dune Manual.

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST
I have a BS in Biology from Rutgers University and MS in Wildlife Biology with concentration in Natural Resource Management from East Stroudsburg University. I was previously a fisheries researcher for NJ DEP’s Division of Fish & Wildlife and middle school science teacher. I have been with New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium for the past 9 years with 8 of those years in a supervisory role as K-12 Program Coordinator. I love what I do and am happy to share my enthusiasm with others.

COMPUTER SCIENTIST
I majored in computer science in my undergrad studies; I am currently a new doctoral student studying instructional technology and media.

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEER / OPERATIONS RESEARCH
My background is in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. I studied at Rutgers and Cornell and have been working at AT&T for many years (started at Bell Labs in 1987) in telecommunications. Currently, I do certification testing of new software and hardware that is used between cell sites and the Internet.

EPIDEMIOLOGIST
I did my undergraduate degree in microbiology and have a masters in public health with a focus in epidemiology. I did work in a lab doing molecular biology research for a while, but now I work as a clinical scientist for a medical devices company where I design clinical trials and interpret the results.

STRUCTURAL / ARCHAEOLOGICAL ENGINEER
I am a first year PhD student at Princeton, helping to bridge the gap between structural engineering and archaeological sites. I use radar, X-ray, and electric methods to find out about building foundations. The results can be used to stabilize, rebuild, and reopen ancient buildings from the Greek and Roman period.

CIVIL / TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER
I am an engineer with nine years of experience in the civil/transportation field, and am involved with over 15 projects ranging from scoping (data collection, analysis, alternatives) to design (construction contract plans). I also assist with project management, budgeting and scheduling, as well as client, stakeholder, and public presentations. I have a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Management.

+ FEMALE HTHS STUDENT RESEARCHERS

Please check back soon for more bios of our scientists!

register now!


REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Thank you to everyone who registered!

REGISTRATION FORM

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at hths.nhs.projects@gmail.com.


    until Snacks with Scientists!

    faq


    What is Snacks with Scientists?
    Snacks with Scientists is an academic and community outreach run by National Honor Society members at High Technology High School to engage girls in STEM. In order to accomplish this, we will be connecting 5th and 6th grade girls with successful female scientists who can share their stories, experiences, and knowledge about being women in STEM.

    Who are the scientists?
    Our scientists come from all different walks of life and study or work in a variety of fields. Some are involved in the academic world as they are currently studying for a degree or doing research in a university lab. Others are part of the professional world and are employed by companies large and small, private and public, and for-profit and nonprofit. Please visit our Meet the Scientists page for more details.

    Why should I sign up for Snacks with Scientists?
    Snacks with Scientists is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet like-minded students from across the area, network with female high school students who are eager to connect with you, and to talk to extremely talented, accomplished women who delve into the many fields of STEM every day. Sign up now and invite all of your friends to as well - it will be an event you won't want to miss!

    How much does Snacks with Scientists cost and how do I pay?
    We have a suggested donation of $10 per student for the event, with all proceeds going towards Dottie's House, an organization that supports women and children affected by domestic violence. Donations will be accepted during check-in on October 20th and may be paid in either cash (in an envelope with the student's name on the front) or by check (made payable to "HTHS Student Activities").

    What if I have a friend or sibling who is not a girl in 5th or 6th grade?
    While we are very excited that many students are enthusiastic about Snacks with Scientists, the event is designed specifically for 5th and 6th grade girls. Students not in these grades will not be permitted to attend. Studies show that if girls aren't interested in STEM by the 5th or 6th grade, they are very unlikely to pursue a career in STEM later on. Our goal is to introduce girls in Monmouth County to STEM now, so that they will be part of the future of those fields.

    What if I can't stay for the whole event?
    We highly encourage you to stay for the entire event so that you can talk to as many scientists as possible. However, if you know that you will have to leave early, please have your parents send an email to hths.nhs.projects@gmail.com with your name and early dismissal time so that we can have it on record.

    What if I need to cancel my registration?
    If you have to cancel your registration please email us ASAP at hths.nhs.projects@gmail.com so that we can offer a spot to another student.

    Can parents attend?
    We love you, parents - but Snacks with Scientists is designed for 5th and 6th grade girls to explore STEM and talk to scientists on their own!

    Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at hths.nhs.projects@gmail.com!

    student reviews


    What do the girls think about Snacks with Scientists?
    Check out the videos below to see what some former attendees had to say!