A day off of school doesn't mean a day off learning for some Dublin students.

A day off of school doesn't mean a day off learning for some Dublin students.

The second Dublin STEMFest is slated from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Davis Middle School when teachers have a work day and students are off the hook for learning.

The Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland is hoping, however, that some students don't see it that way.

"Basically we're trying to focus on inspiring young women to focus on STEM careers by allowing them to learn more about it," said Girl Scouts Project Manager Beth Aiello.

The inaugural STEMFest, focusing on science, technology, engineering and math subjects, was held last winter and drew about 65 students in grades 4-8.

This month's STEMFest is aimed at girls in grades 6-8 and will focus on engineering and computers.

"We have some hands-on engineering activities," Aiello said.

"We got some material from TechBridge, which is an organization that helps to inspire young women to go into engineering careers.

"We're also partnering with Cool Tech Girls to learn to build a simple computer game."

Along with activities that aim to foster an interest in engineering, women currently in the field will talk to the students about their careers and experiences.

"We have a member of the Girl Scouts council who is a mechanical engineer from Battelle and a former Girl Scout who is an engineer at Verizon," Aiello said.

"They'll talk about their experiences and what led them to pursue a career in engineering and what technology they helped develop for the public."

Students from Ohio State University's Women in Engineering chapter will also address education at the STEMFest.

The November STEMFest will focus primarily on engineering. Future events are planned to cover other STEM subjects.

"There are two future STEMFests that don't have engineering themes," Aiello said.

"The theme in January is on the medical field."

Another STEMFest slated for February will focus on aeronautics and astronomy.

"If a girl participates in all three they'll get a unique experience," Aiello said.

The partnership between the Girls Scouts and Dublin City Schools is new and Aiello said this year's offerings will act as a pilot.

"We are looking to expand to other school districts next year based on the response (in Dublin)," she said.

"We are looking to expand to other ages and other school districts."

The Nov. 17 Dublin STEMFest is $45 for non Girl Scouts and $30 for Girl Scouts. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Girls that participate in the Nov. 17 STEMFest will get special $30 pricing for the next two STEMFests slated for Jan. 12 and Feb. 17. Registration for the event must be completed by Monday, Nov. 10, online at gsoh.org or by contacting Aiello at baiello@gsoh.org.