Juneteenth STEMFest Film Festival


Juneteenth STEMFest Film Festival Features African American and Caribbean Scientists

The careers of African American and Caribbean scientists and STEM professionals will be featured as part of a Juneteenth Celebration on Thursday, June 17th from 6:30 to 8 pm with the premiere of STEMFest, a festival of short films produced by students from Falmouth and Mashpee High School.  The featured scientists study primate behavior, marine ecosystems, infectious disease, fisheries management, developmental biology, landscape architecture, environmental economics, science education, and more.   In the short video interviews, they discuss their work and the challenges they've faced in their careers as minority scientists.

Stephanie Poindexter, who studies the behavior of slow lorises in Java, Indonesia, will be one of the scientists featured in the STEMFest film festival. (photo by Sharon Williams, courtesy of Stephanie Poindexter)

The interviews were conducted and edited by about 40 students in the Falmouth High School Science National Honor Society, the Falmouth High School Diversity Club, and video production classes at both schools. The STEMFest event is being coordinated by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee,  and the Woods Hole Science and Technology Educational Partnership.

The public is invited to participate in the STEMFest using this Zoom webinar link  https://falmouth-k12-ma-us.zoom.us/j/86230895014. After the event the videos will be viewable on the WHDAC and WHSTEP websites.

For more information contact Joan Muller, Education Coordinator at WBNERR at joan.muller@mass.gov or Chris Brothers, FHS Science Department Head at cbrothers@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

Date: 06/17/2021

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