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Sac State helps make science fun for middle school students

Kids in Science ClassHundreds of middle school girls and boys explored the wonders of science and technology and were treated to a pep talk from a U.S. Congresswoman, too.

Sacramento State hosted Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Mary Healy, director and CEO of the Sacramento Zoo, and hundreds of area teenage-scientists Saturday, Oct. 9 at the annual "Expanding Your Horizons" conference. Sacramento Congresswoman Matsui encouraged sixth- to eighth-grade girls and boys to pursue their education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “I see here the future leaders, not only of Sacramento, not only of the state but of the country and many even the world,” Matsui told the crowd.

EYH workshops are designed to give students a variety of hands-on workshops with titles like, "Can You Shampoo DNA Out of a Strawberry?" "Fun with Fish" and "Fixing the Human Body." Workshops were also available for parents attending with students.

Topics for the adults ranged from strategies and programs available to help their children work toward pursuing a college degree and ways to motivate students to pursue Kids in Science Classcoursework in science and mathematics. Keynote speaker, Healy shared her experiences working in a dynamic, exciting career.

The program is sponsored by Sacramento State's Center for STEM Excellence and College of Continuing Education, University Enterprises, Inc., AT&T, and The Women of AT&T.