(Seguin) -- TLU this Tuesday will be the Texas hub for STEM. Ashlie Ford, the director of marketing and communications for Texas Lutheran University, says TLU will be hosting a unique opportunity for young women from high schools all across Texas during its first ever STEM@TLU Day.
"STEM@TLU is a day for aspiring young high school women who want to use their energy, ideas and intelligence to make impactful changes in the world around them and it's really for those young women who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math and they want to know more about a future in STEM. So we are inviting them to come and spend the day with us on campus with our faculty and it's going to be an exciting and engaging event with lots of hands on labs and experiments. There will be workshops on topics like how to navigate through STEM courses in college and different STEM careers and there's also going to be a lunch and learn and lots of science demonstrations so it's going to be a wonderful event," said Ford.
Ford says dozens and dozens of young ladies from across the state have already secured their spot and are looking forward to the full day of learning.
"We have more than 260 young women from all over Texas who have RSVP'd to attend and we do have quite a few from Guadalupe County who will be attending as well. I know we have around 60 from Bexar County alone and then I know we do have some from Harris County in the Houston area and I want to say we have others from as far as Dallas who will be attending," said Ford.
Ford says TLU is excited about the interest that has been shown for this effort. She says TLU is committed to engaging students in their future early.
"When we were looking at implementing new recruiting events, we really saw that there wasn't a STEM event in this area especially a STEM event for young women in high school to come on campus and interact with students and faculty. So we really wanted to create something where they could come here and it was focused on their interest and they could talk about career paths and they could connect and learn from successful and inspiring women in those fields. So we are very excited to be offering this for the first time and the response alone has not only indicated that there is an interest but that there is a very strong demand for events like this in our area," said Ford.
Ford says Tuesday is not only about welcoming the students to campus but also their families to Seguin.
"TLU sees our part in this community and we really see the university as a part of it and when our students are here, they are Seguin residents so I would just ask that if you do see any of these parents of the students attending STEM Day out at your business or just around the area, just to welcome them and let them know what a great place Seguin is and what a wonderful job TLU does of engaging with the community and that we are happy to have them here in our town," said Ford.
STEM@TLU is just one of several camps and programs that are held or hosted at the local campus over the summer months.