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STLCC-Forest Park’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Hosts Nerdy Girlz Book Club

November 17, 2016

Nerdy Girlz Book Club  

Approximately 65 African-American girls from the Nerdy Girlz Book Club recently visited St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park campus to participate in the Phi Theta Kappa/Xi Epsilon Chapter’s STEAM Extravaganza.

The focus of the event was to expose young girls to women in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) careers.

“It was an extraordinary experience to watch the excitement of the Xi Epsilon members as they provided young girls with interactive lessons in math and science, but most importantly, the expressions on the eyes and faces of the young girls as they met the challenges presented to them during this event.” said Sandra Knight, Xi Epsilon chapter sponsor.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society that recognizes academic achievement of two-year college students providing opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. To become a member, students must first receive an invitation to join, adhere to the moral standards of the society and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

The STEAM Extravaganza is an Honors in Action project focusing on the Phi Theta Kappa Honors study topic “How the World Works: Global Perspectives.” The project was also inspired by Ainissa Ramirez, a renowned science evangelist and speaker at the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Institute at Wake Forest University in Salem, N.C. Several of the Xi Epsilon members had the opportunity to listen to Ramirez at the 2016 Vision St. Louis Conference at the Forest Park campus.

The Nerdy Girlz Book Club was initiated by Kennedy Rain Thompson, a nine-year-old who wanted to read and have fun with her friends. Kennedy’s mother, Akiba Thompson supported the idea and made it come to fruition. The club, for girls ages 6 to 12, has more than 75 readers and meets monthly to discuss books.

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa/Xi Epsilon and other campus clubs and organizations, click here

For more information on the Nerdy Girlz Book Club or how to join contact Akiba Thompson at AkibaThompson@gmail.com.