Educators, innovators and advisors will share their stories and insight to inspire future scientists and engineers during a Dec. 1 livestream event hosted by Quest Science Center in Livermore.
"The Tri-Valley is home to more than 450 technology companies that need the next generation of scientists and engineers to fill jobs of the future," said Quest board member Amy Aines, adding the organization is "excited to have these accomplished, multi-generational STEM advocates share their stories and inspire students to stay interested in science and consider STEM careers."
Guests slated to appear at "Paving the Way: A Virtual Conversation" include Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier -- who is in a new partnership with Quest to spark kids' interest in learning about science -- and former White House adviser Patricia Falcone, now deputy laboratory director for Science and Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Scientist Jayshree Seth, an innovator who holds 69 patents and 3M's first ever chief science advocate, and Nan Ho, dean of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Las Positas College, will also join the online event.
Hosted by Quest Advisory Board member Susan Houghton, panelists will explain the paths they took to their STEM careers and how they persevered through challenges. They will also share how to make an impact in the workforce, gain necessary skills for success, and "help prevent stereotypes and other barriers from getting in the way."
"Paving the Way" takes place Dec. 1 from 4-5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. General admission is $15; free for students. Proceeds support Quest community programs and outreach.
For more information or to register, visit the Quest website.