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50 bright young women were recognized and honored by committing to pursuing majors in STEM during STEM Signing Day.

LA’s City of STEM Makes History!

  • 2019-04-12T01:41:00.000+0000
  • Los Angeles
  • Author: Casey O’Neill

Monday, April 1st 2019, on the steps of LA’s City Hall, Biocom joined Mayor Eric Garcetti and City of STEM Founder, Ben Dickow, Executive Director of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, in making history by having Los Angeles’ first ever “STEM Signing Day.” This was a day inspired by the Mayor’s WiSTEM (Women in STEM) initiative, where 50 young women who are local high school seniors who have committed to majors in STEM, were recognized and honored. This event also marked the launch of City of STEM 2019 – a month long celebration of STEM events and STEM partners throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. Joining Mayor Garcetti and the City of STEM Founder were the Mayor of Downey, the Founder of Ozobot, women representatives from Boeing and Universal Music Group, and keynote speaker, actress/author/mathematician, Danica McKellar (whom you may know as Winnie Cooper from the classic television show, “Wonder Years”).

“We are counting on you.. We all need to do whatever we can to continue to be role models for (girls), to inspire them, to be mentors for them, to show them just by being yourself, that being good at math and science, using your brain and embracing your smarts is for everyone; it’s not just for people who look the part.” – Danica McKellar

With more than 100 partners, celebrity speaker “Science Guy” Bill Nye, musical and magic acts, panel discussions from experts in their fields, 8 mobile museums, and more than 5,000 attendees, the City of STEM made history for the 2nd time last week by hosting LA’s largest Science Festival ever on Saturday, April 6th. There was a special emphasis highlighting the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11; a space adventure landing humans on the moon and a mission that was birthed out of Downey’s own Columbia Memorial Space Center. Some of the exhibitors present at the Festival were: Tesla, Biocom, Hitachi, Two Bit Circus, Virgin Orbit, Bugible, and Northup Grumman, just to name a few. During the day’s festivities, exhibitors and speakers made sure to remind all attendees that the City of STEM Festival is only the beginning of the month-long City of STEM celebration, and to be sure and mark their calendars for a pop-up event near them. Biocom also took part in a City of STEM partnered event, “Suds & Science”, on April 11th in downtown LA!

To learn more about the City of STEM, visit: www.cityofstem.org