On April 24, the Southeast Iowa STEM Region partnered with the American Heart Association for their inaugural Go Red for STEM event in Cedar Rapids. The event was aimed at empowering girls to improve cardiovascular health of all Americans through a career in STEM. 9th grade girls from Alburnett, Benton, Cedar Rapids, College Community, Iowa City, Linn-Mar, Springville and Williamsburg school districts as well as Isaac Newton Christian Academy and Marion Home School Assistance Program participated in the full day event that included hands-on STEM activities and female mentorship.
Throughout the day, participants were exposed to some of the Corridor's leading STEM companies including Tata Consultancy Services, Collins Aerospace, Schneider Electric and University of Iowa Health Care. Breakout sessions included advice from medical students, hands-on work with human hearts, a computational thinking escape challenge, robotic cars and how to become an engineer. The girls also had in-depth conversations with mentors from local companies who work in research, health care, software development, medical device sales, food safety, higher education, and engineering.