Teaneck’s Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High for Girls hosts its fourth annual STEAMTalks on Tuesday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program aims to inspire students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.
After a celebratory breakfast, freshmen and seniors will hear from seven women who have succeeded in a wide variety of STEAM careers. “Our goal is to get our students excited about the school-wide STEAM program, and to introduce them to the many different STEAM career opportunities to which they can aspire,” said Gila Stein, director of Ma’ayanot’s STEAM program and chair of its science department.
Speakers include Dr. Leah Ben David, assistant professor of chemistry at Vassar College; Raizy Beren, a graphic designer from Long Island; Miriam Keltz Pomeranz, a dermatologist at New York University/Bellevue Hospital; Tzipora Leiser, a Ma’ayanot alumna, who will speak about her career as an analyst at BlackRock; Aviva Mael, a software engineer at Cedar; Chana Stiefel, a science writer, children’s book author, and director of public relations at Ma’ayanot; and Liran Weizman, a technical product owner who leads a development team at JP Morgan.
Each student will select three sessions; each speaker will hold an interactive discussion, sharing challenges and accomplishments in achieving goals, and sharing the passion for a STEAM career.
Next, freshmen will participate in a hands-on virtual reality activity. Students will create 3-D tours of various places in Ma’ayanot using Google VR apps.
“We want to give our girls the opportunity to hear from a variety of young professionals and experienced women in the industry to inspire our students to dream big,” Sara Resnick, the Ma’ayanot biology teacher who organizes STEAM programs,” said. “STEAMTalks is a way to encourage our students to think outside the box when contemplating their career choices.”
Ma’ayanot is at 1650 Palisade Ave., Teaneck. For more information, email Chana Stiefel at email@example.com.