Biological Sciences Outreach and Recruitment at K-12 STEM Event

Feb. 26, 2019

STEM Extravaganza
Assistant professor Victoria Brown-Kennerly (right) with Webster students Megan Crenshaw and Roderick Jordan

For eight consecutive years, the Department of Biological Sciences has represented Webster University at the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Extravaganza, held at Hazelwood Central High School in Florissant, Missouri.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, more than 700 students, staff, families and members of the Hazelwood School District community attended this year's event.

Biological Sciences assistant professor Victoria Brown-Kennerly and Exercise Science program director David Reddy were joined at the STEM Extravaganza by two Webster undergraduate students, sophomore Megan Crenshaw and junior Roderick Jordan. The students made quick connections with many college hopefuls, and were excellent ambassadors for the University.

STEM ExtravaganzaWebster students Roderick Jordan and Megan Crenshaw manned the Webster University presentation table for the STEM Extravaganza at Hazelwood Central High School, interacting with high school students seeking information about colleges and demonstrating the ultraviolet viewing box and fruitfly microscopy.

“I love Webster University and have had a great experience so far," said Crenshaw. "I am happy to tell anyone who will listen about this place.”

STEM Extravaganza
Exercise Science program director David Reddy's children also
attended to the Hazelwood STEM Extravaganza, seen
here with the robotics demonstrations.

The group provided hands-on demonstrations and discussed college preparation, scholarships and enrollment with prospective students and their families.

Children aged K-12 experienced viewing glowing transgenic E. coli bacteria under ultraviolet light, compared wildtype vs. mutant D. melanogaster fruitfly strains with light microscopy, and learned about Webster's undergraduate and graduate programs.

The event draws hundreds of participants each year, and includes many STEM-based institutions across Missouri, such as colleges and universities, Bayer (formerly Monsanto), the Department of Conservation, Boeing and the Saint Louis Zoo.

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