Wichita State University

Wichita State University President John Bardo was on Capitol Hill Monday morning advocating for further federal investment in STEM higher education.

Speaking before Congress' Research and Technology subcommittee, Bardo highlighted WSU's Innovation Campus and its focus on research and development aimed at the region's needs. WSU's apprenticeship program was also emphasized.

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McLean Elementary in Wichita is one of more than 400 different schools across Kansas hosting Hour of Code events this week as part of Computer Science Education Week. 

Exploration Place

A new exhibit at Exploration Place gives visitors a chance to be the aviation industry’s most vile villain: the airline seat designer.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way to add more leg room. And the news isn't any better for the seat itself.

Dozens of middle school girls will converge on the Wichita State University campus in November for a day of hands-on learning with science activities.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, there’s a message built into the fun.

The third annual “Expanding Your Horizons” conference on November 7th is all about giving young women time to explore career options in STEM fields, which includes science, technology, engineering and math.

Sean Sandefur

In 1974, a group of female scientists and educators in San Francisco started an organization called Expanding Your Horizons. It was simply a way to support one another and share ideas. Eventually, conferences were formed and young girls were introduced to science, technology, engineering and math.

Forty years later, these efforts continue across the world. Roughly 25,000 middle school-aged girls take part each year, including some in Wichita.   

Wichita State University is hosting a career conference emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women.

The Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls is in its first year.

The students can participate in workshops like "Polymers, Polymers Everywhere!," "Clean Air is Always in Fashion," and "The Slime is ALIVE!" The girls will also meet role models in science disciplines.

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A group of students met Saturday at Wichita State University for the 13th annual Mindstorms Challenge, a Lego robotics competition. The challenge is designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math, while promoting teamwork.

The theme for the event was “The WuShock, an Unexpected Journey” with teams like The Bilbot Baggins of Andovershire.

“We started working the weekend they released the courses, which was mid-January, and we’ve been meeting at least a couple of times a week since then,” says Bob Elsburnd, a parent and team coach.