On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Mathematics, Science, and Informatics Department of Penfield College, participated in its first department outreach. Faculty presented hands on STEM activities at the second annual, Girls Will Be Women in STEAM Conference, hosted by Real I.M.P.A.C.T. Center. Over two hundred young girls, grades 3rd-8th, attended the event at the Hutchings Career Center in Macon, GA. The conference brought together young women from across the state of Georgia, as far north as Cobb and Gwinnett County and as far south as Wilcox, Early, and Grady County.
Dr. Sabrina Walthall, Associate Professor of Science, in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Informatics is board president for Real Impact Center and a lead organizer of the Girls Will Be Women in STEAM Conference. This year she was joined by department colleagues who engaged the girls in their area of interest. Dr. Vikraman Baskaran, Assistant Professor/Health Informatics Program Coordinator introduced the students to coding using the popular educational platform at www.code.org. Dr. Greg Baugher, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, showed attendees how to build simple wind turbine machines to harness some of the energy students exert while blowing on a pinwheel. They even quantified these quantities using mathematical equations from physics. Dr. Zipangani Vokhiwa, Associate Professor of Science, explained to the young women the importance of how Respiration is a cousin to Photosynthesis also known as:- "THE FIRST COUSINS OF LIFE".