Xavier College Prep hosts annual ‘Girls Have IT Day’

More than 1,000 middle school students from around the Phoenix metropolitan area attended Xavier College Preparatory's seventh annual "Girls Have IT Day!" March 27. (Submitted photo)

More than 1,000 middle school students from around the Phoenix metropolitan area attended Xavier College Preparatory’s seventh annual “Girls Have IT Day!” March 27. (Submitted photo)

More than 1,000 female middle school students from around the Phoenix metropolitan area attended Xavier College Preparatory’s seventh annual “Girls Have IT Day!” on Friday, March 27.

Part of this year’s Arizona SciTech Festival, the event promoted young women’s involvement in science, information technology (IT), engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Following a keynote lecture by Xavier alumna, entrepreneur, and author Stacey Ferreira, the middle school students participated in a hands-on, STEAM-focused activity fair hosted by more than 400 Xavier student mentors who represented many of the high school’s 75 student clubs.

“Xavier hosts ‘Girls Have IT Day!’ each year to engage and inspire the younger girls in our community to embrace science, technology, engineering, art, and math,” said Xavier’s principal, Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM.

“It is a wonderful event that ignites a great deal of interest in STEAM learning.”

The free event was made possible through the support of the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

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