July 23, 2007

Sacramento State sponsors STEM conference for girls

Sacramento State’s Center for STEM Excellence, Community Engagement Center and the non-profit organization, Women of AT&T, will host Expanding Your Horizons, a conference aimed at encouraging 6th to 8th grade girls to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Saturday, October 6, 2007.

The conference will include hands-on workshops, discussions and interaction with school and industry leaders. Although the focus of the EYH conference is to provide hands-on learning experiences for girls, special sessions for accompanying adults will provide information on STEM education and career opportunities.

“A study by the American Association of University Women found that the critical years where girls lose interest in math and science are the 7-10th grade,” says Sheila Macias, administrative director of Sacramento State’s Community Engagement Center. “Middle school girls often don’t realize they can go into those fields, so this is a prime time to catch them.”

There will be 32 workshops with titles like “Blood, Guts and Germs – Adventures in a Clinical Lab,” “Alice in Computerland,” “The Secret World of Carnivorous Plants,” and “Nature’s Pharmacy.”

“The girls will be able to do everything from developing their own flashlight to investigating the fat content of potato chips,” Macias says.
The conference will be held at the Sacramento State campus. Cost is $15 and includes lunch, two workshops, demonstration fairs, keynote speakers and a t-shirt. Scholarships to cover the cost of the conference are available. The program is limited to 300 middle school participants. Please visit www.csus.edu/occ/eyh/ for more information on the conference and scholarships.

For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.