SPRINGFIELD – "Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Science, and Technology" – a hands-on conference designed specially for girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades – will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 8, on campus at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Advance registration is required and space is limited.
The event is presented by the American Association of University Women - Springfield Branch, and is sponsored by UIS and The Children's Center, a Memorial Health System affiliate.
Many cutting-edge careers of the future will involve science, math, and technology and will be wide open to well-prepared young women. Girls who attend this conference can choose three sessions from more than 20 hands-on, experiential workshops. Separate workshops for parents and teachers will be held concurrently.
Girls' workshops will allow participants to interact with successful women who are scientists, engineers, physicians, architects, and professionals in many other careers traditionally held by men. They will meet other girls with similar interests and learn about career opportunities for women in these fields.
A partial list of topics includes Techno-Traveling, Space Walking, At the Scene of a Crime, Futuristic Nursing Today, Green Architecture, Soar into Engineering, and The Fantastic Voyage Inside our Bodies.
The workshops for adults will provide essential information on how to encourage girls to take classes that will keep their options open as they approach college and choose careers. Topics for these sessions include Your Daughter's Future – Too Important to Leave to Chance, Selecting the Right College and Financing that "Fit" for your Daughter, and Forget Surfing the Net – Let's Ride the Web 2.0 Wave!
Amy Green, president of the AAUW Springfield Branch, noted, "For more than 20 years, AAUW has been committed to helping girls stay excited about diverse career paths. But often girls lose interest in and quit taking math and science courses earlier than boys. The long-term result is that girls often do not have as many career options available to them and end up in jobs that pay a lot less. We hope that by providing young women with information, role models, and positive hands-on experiences, they will become more interested in careers in math, science, engineering, and technology."For a brochure and registration information, call 217/529-4165 or go to www.aauw-il.org/springfield.