Southeastern to host STEM Cafe for students, parents


Tuesday, April 3, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Students and their parents will have the opportunity to feed their minds with hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and discussions at Southeastern Louisiana University’s STEM Café Saturday, April 14.
     Sponsored by Southeastern College of Science and Technology, Hammond Youth Education Alliance (HYEA), Tangipahoa Parish School System, Tangipahoa Parish Library, and the Tangi STEM Coalition, the free event is scheduled at Pursley Hall, located at 210 Azalea Circle, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
     Southeastern’s Assistant Director of Math Science Upward Bound high school program and HYEA President Wendy Conarro said STEM Café provides experiences tailored to high school, middle school and elementary students, as well as a special session for parents with tips on how to prepare students for college and careers in STEM fields.
     “This event is designed to provide K-12 grade students with quality one-on-one interactions with our local ‘STEM Stars’ who are also passionate about inspiring kids to consider a STEM profession for themselves one day,” said Conarro. “This free event brings together families and industry to share, discover, explore, and enjoy what STEM has to offer all of us individually and collectively as a community.”
     Conarro said “STEM stars” of the event include Computer Science SMART Designs, LLC, Department of Environmental Quality, ELOS Environmental, North Oaks Health Systems, North Oaks Obstetrics & Gynecology, Northshore Technical Community College, Elmer’s Candy, LIGO and Southeastern’s College of Science and Technology.
     Although the event is free, space is limited, so participants should register as early as possible at Each student participant must be accompanied by an adult, Conarro said.
     For more information, email or call 985-464-9322.

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