Palacios High School POWERSET Students Attend Joshikai Fukushima Mentoring Workshop
The Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Cooperation (NDF) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) held a two-day conference in Miharu, Japan from Aug. 2 through Aug. 3. This was the third year for the event and it was themed - Joshikai Fukushima Mentoring Workshop for Future Scientists. Director General William Magwood , NEA, was a keynote speaker. The purpose of the workshop was to bring more women into Japan's workforce by encouraging Japanese high school students to explore opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers. This year marked the first year Palacios and Boling POWERSET (Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready in Science, Engineering, and Technology) students were invited by Director General Magwood to participate and represent the United States. Caitlin Rodgers and Patricia Castanon, both Palacios High School Students, were chosen to attend the workshop along with two other students from Boling High School. The students presented information on topics like school, families, extracurricular activities, future college, and career goals. (They did an amazing job during their presentation!) The event provided the U.S. students a rare opportunity to interact with highly accomplished female mentors and to share future career opportunities in Science and Engineering. The mentors also exchanged their real-life experiences and shared valuable advice with the U.S. students. The Texas POWERSET girls were able to interact and exchange contact information with the Japanese students as well as make valuable connections with their mentors. This was an amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity and the girls will be collaborating again in the future on a writing assignment for the NEA publication. Picture from left, Caitlin Rodgers, Palacios High School, Yatziri Ramirez, Boling High School, Director General William Magwood, NEA, Maria Gonzalez, Boling High School and Patricia Castanon, Palacios High School.