The annual Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Science and Technology was held on Saturday, March 8, at UIS to give girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades the opportunity to learn about various topics and fields within math, technology and science.
"We hope your experiences at this conference will help you focus on your vision of the future," said Amy Green, president of the Springfield branch of the American Association of University Women, to the crowd of attendants at the event.
Participants could choose three interactive and hands-on workshops to attend from more than 20 offered. The workshops focused on topics such as computer animation, bone engineering, chemistry, electricity, astronomy and much more.
About 280 girls attended the event, along with many parents who were able to attend their own workshops that included the subjects of navigating Web 2.0, the future of their daughters and selecting the right colleges.
The event was sponsored by the AAUW, The Children's Center and UIS.
All of the sessions were led by women professionals to encourage the participants to continue taking math and science courses in high school and college and to explore career fields relating to those topics.
"One of the best things you can do for yourself in your lifetime is get an education," Carolyn Ringeisen, wife of UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, told the participants. "Women are desperately needed in the sciences. So I hope you find something that will spark an interest in your life today, and when you get ready to reach that goal and choose a college, I hope you will consider UIS."