Gatton Academy students recognized for participation in science and engineering contest

BOWLING GREEN Ky. – Seven Gatton Academy students were recognized with awards at the Louisville Regional Science and Engineering Fair (LRSEF) on March 2.

The purpose of the Louisville Regional Science & Engineering fair is to recognize talents in the science, technology, engineering and math fields of study for the area’s younger students. Three of the seven participating seniors won a trip to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering fair in Phoenix Ariz. in May. Females involved in STEM-related fields are becoming more common as time goes on. Of the seven participating students, four of the students were female. Academic Opportunities Coordinator Cheryl Kirby-Stokes says Gatton Academy works to even the gender ratios in science and math studies.

“Gatton Academy is very conscious of the fact that we want to be an equal opportunity employer for students interested in STEM. Our academy is set up where we have half of the academy is young men, half is young women. It is very much an equal chance for them to pursue STEM interest,” Stokes said.

Bowling Green High School senior Rithik Reddy participated in the contest and enjoyed the problem-solving aspect.

“I think that STEM research is important because it lets you solve a problem for a long time not necessarily in a classroom setting. It helps in solving problems that don’t have a definitive answer,” Reddy said.

Reddy emphasized the importance of not letting barriers keep anyone from what they want to pursue.

“I think that anyone can do STEM. I don’t think that there should be any barriers. Just find something that you see yourself potentially doing and pursue it,” Reddy said.