Students attend Education & Innovation Luncheon to highlight women in STEM

Captain Shreve students at the 2017 Education & Innovation Luncheon to highlight women in STEM - Photo by Maria Edwards

Captain Shreve students observing a presenter, advancing their knowledge on STEM - Photo by Maria Edwards

By Chase Willis - November 10, 2017

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce and Bossier Parish Community College hosted nine young ladies from Captain Shreve’s engineering magnet during their 2nd annual Education and Innovation Luncheon: Inspiring Women in STEM on Nov. 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn of Bossier.

Students in STEM programs are learning the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM programs allow students to prepare for professions as scientists, engineers and innovators.

The luncheon focused on the growing workforce sector of STEM, where women are often underrepresented. The Bossier Chamber of Commerce also recognized two local teachers for their work in advancing STEM-related curriculum. Nine female Bossier Parish students will be awarded scholarships from the Bossier Innovates Foundation.

The nine young ladies in attendance from Captain Shreve were Co’Niya Butler, Trinitie Brown, Syniyah Jones, Taylor Beard, Jemiah Maxie, Tori Reich, Kourtnee Sheppard, Amelia Snow, Tyler Walter and Ialiyah Weaver. They were accompanied by Assistant Principal Maria Edwards.

Science and engineering teacher Penny Pate and Edwards were both excited that students from Captain Shreve were able to participate in this event to provide students with a deeper interest in STEM.

Students had the opportunity to observe Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt, who is a former top executive with Shell. She is the author of Senate Bill 225, which creates the Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council under the purview of the Board of Regents.

Sophomore Jemiah Maxie, who has aspirations to become a physician one day, said she enjoyed attending the luncheon. She said the senator give insight on her career as an engineer and her experience being the only female at her job.

“I gained a better perspective on reasons why it is important for women to stay on the STEM education path if it interests them,” Maxie said. “I learned that women typically earn less wages in those fields because they tend to choose the easier jobs, while men opt for the higher paying jobs.”

The event is part of the 2017 Innovation Northwest Louisiana, which is a day set to promote those things innovative in Northwest Louisiana. The luncheon showcases opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

Nine students from Captain Shreve and Shreveport Mayor Ollie S. Tyler in attendance at the 2017 Education & Innovation Luncheon to highlight women in STEM - Photo by Maria Edwards