Friday, March 5, 2010

"Expanding Your Horizons" gives girls hands-on lessons in math, science and technology

WHAT: "Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Science and Technology" – a hands-on conference designed for girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

WHEN: Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Many cutting-edge careers will involve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) 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 in these STEM areas. Separate workshops for parents and teachers will be held concurrently.

Girls’ workshops will allow participants to interact with successful women who are scientists, physicians, engineers, 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 The Fantastic Voyage... Inside our Bodies, Medical Laboratory Investigators Solve a Mystery, Women of the Web – Create a Personal Photo Web Page, Come Fly with us, and Are you Superhero Material?

The workshops for adults are designed to provide information on how to help girls cope with issues common to their age group, keep them on track for success in math, science and technology, and provide links to the resources to help access higher education and career information.

Adult workshop topics include Bridging the Gaps during Middle and High School, Unraveling the Mystery of the ACT and SAT, and “Green” Your Daughter’s Career for More “Green” in Her Wallet.

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.

Advance registration is required and space is limited for this event. For a brochure and registration information, call 217/787-8078 or go to www.aauw-il.org/springfield.

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