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(Villanova, PA) - Dr. Judith A. Dwyer, President of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, recently announced that the Academy has received a $50,000 matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation.
The grant supports the development and implementation of an international STEM symposium in coordination with Notre Dame’s Center for Global Leadership.
International Sisters in STEM Symposium 2020: Transcending Borders will bring together international high school teams from the Academy’s seven sister schools worldwide. “The Symposium will educate, empower, and inspire young women to solve issues that transcend borders by using cross-cultural exploration of the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” explained Dwyer. “Students will work with their peers in multinational teams within one of the following tracks: Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship, Robotics and Coding, Environmental Sciences, and Medical Sciences.”
The Symposium will include classroom collaborations, subject matter experts, guest professors from area universities, a keynote speaker, and STEM-focused field trips. Student capstone presentations will be made to panelists representing leading Philadelphia-area educational institutions and corporations.
A special professional development track for visiting and Notre Dame faculty will run parallel to the student teams.
The week-long program will be hosted on Notre Dame’s Villanova campus in the summer of 2020 and will showcase the Academy’s new, 30,000 square foot Center for STEM Education, scheduled for completion in 2019.
“The lack of women leaders in STEM is well-documented,” said Dwyer. “Notre Dame has taken strategic steps to establish a rigorous STEM-based curriculum that demonstrates the connectedness of STEM with all fields of learning, especially the arts, as we emphasize the ability of STEM designs and products to heal and enhance the quality of life throughout the world. We are grateful to The Edward E. Ford Foundation for its support of this effort.”
The Academy’s Center for Global Leadership sister schools include Michael Ham Memorial College Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Study Montreal, Canada; Zhuhai Girls’ Middle School Zhuhai, China; Notre Dame Seishin Junior and Senior High School Hiroshima, Japan; San Silvestre School Lima, Peru; CHIJ St. Nicolas School Singapore; Sacred Heart High School for Girls Taipei, Taiwan.