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SCOTT KEELER | Times Left to Right: Adriana Alvarado, 13, Jennifer Pino, 11, Caliana Rivera, 12, and Daijiona Smith, 11, all 6th graders at Webb Middle School, Tampa, listen to speakers during the kickoff of the American Heart Association Tampa Bay's STEM Goes Red event at Tech Data Corporation, Clearwater, 11/14/17. The all-day event introduced 140 middle school girls to the STEM industries which include: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The students also heard from industry leaders like Wendy Bahr, Senior Vice President of Cisco's Global Partner Organization.
Published Nov. 21, 2017

The American Heart Association's STEM Goes Red, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay and Girls Inc., engaged 140 middl-school girls during a day-long event full of memorable interactions. Tampa Bay is the first area in the southeastern US to host STEM Goes Red.

Hosted by Tech Data Corporation, STEM Goes Red featured an opening ceremony with remarks by Cisco's VP of Global Partner Organization, Wendy Bahr, and Tech Data's Chairman and CEO, Bob Dutkowski; interactive breakout sessions covering each field of STEM, which include science, technology, engineering and math; a speed mentoring session with industry leaders;and a CPR training.

Although women represent close to half of the U.S. workforce, they hold less than 25% of the roles in STEM fields. Through strategic collaborations and new thinking, the American Heart Association seeks to save and extend lives by empowering more young women to pursue careers in STEM.

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