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September 21, 2009

 

Sacramento State hosts fun science conference for girls

Photo: Sacramento State will show middle school-age girls that science can be fun and interesting during the Enhancing Your Horizon program Oct. 10.
Sacramento State will show middle school-age girls that science can be fun and interesting during the Enhancing Your Horizon program Oct. 10.


More than 300 middle school-age girls will be on campus 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 to discover new, interesting and entertaining ways to understand science during Sacramento State’s annual Expanding Your Horizons conference.

The conference helps encourage sixth- to eighth-grade girls to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It includes hands-on workshops, discussions and interaction with school and industry leaders.

Students will participate in a variety of workshop offerings with titles like “Can My Car Run on Almonds, Grapes or Corn?,” “Fun with Fish” and “Fixing the Human Body.” Registration is $20 for students and includes lunch.

Workshops will also be available for parents attending with students. Topics will focus on strategies and programs available to help children work towards pursuing a college degree and ways to motivate students to pursue coursework in science and mathematics.

New this year are workshops for teachers to help them engage female students in STEM curriculums and careers. Registration for teacher workshops and the parent workshops is $20 and includes lunch.

Keynote speaker will be Jan Nolta, Sacramento State alum and director of the Stem Cell Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Nolta received Sacramento State's Distinguished Service Award in April.

The conference is sponsored by Sacramento State’s Center for STEM Excellence and College of Continuing Education, AT&T, and The Women of AT&T.


 


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