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Community forum in Harford to address diversity and inclusion in science education and careers

The Senior Science Society and the Discovery Center at Water’s Edge are inviting people to participate in a community forum at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20, focused on how to create an accessible and inclusive environment for all learners at The Discovery Center at Water’s Edge.

The Discovery Center will be an interactive regional science and technology facility designed to engage visitors in an unstructured exploration of all things science. It will be located just off I-95 at The Water’s Edge Complex on Route 40 near Route 543.

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Research indicates that informal science experiences have a significant impact on whether students pursue STEM subjects and careers, according to a news release. Unfortunately, not everyone is afforded access to appropriate informal science opportunities. Studies show that women, minorities, the economically disadvantaged and individuals with differing abilities are far less likely to engage in STEM opportunities. In fact, instead of erasing equity gaps in education, informal science experiences can worsen the inequity by enriching those who are already succeeding in school and society, the release states.

With a carefully designed diversity and inclusion program, The Discovery Center hopes inspire and nurture a new generation of passionate scientists from all backgrounds and abilities.

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Because the forum will be an interactive dialogue, attendees will have the opportunity to provide input into the Discovery Center’s designs and programs. All are encouraged to attend, but registration is required.

The forum will take place on the second floor of Darlington Hall on the campus of Harford Community College. Networking and refreshments start at 6:30 p.m. Register for free at diversity-in-science.eventbrite.com

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