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Conference helps girls explore science


Students at last year’s conference participated in plenty of hands-on experiments.
With hands-on workshops such as “Bone Detectives,” “Build a Heart Monitor” and “Fun with Fishes,” Sacramento State’s Expanding Your Horizons conference encourages middle school girls to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This year’s conference will be held 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Online registration is now open. The cost is $25 and includes lunch, a career demonstration and exposition fair in addition to the workshops.

This year’s keynote speaker is Michele Wong, president and CEO of Synergex International Corp., an internationally recognized software manufacturer.

“With budget constraints at all education levels, our regional EYH conference continues to provide an invaluable and exciting educational experience for these young women,” says Program Coordinator Sharon Puricelli.

There are also workshops for parents attending the conference with their children. The adults’ topics will focus on strategies and programs available to help their children pursue a college degree and motivate them to take science and mathematics courses. Registration is $25 and includes lunch.

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

The conference is limited to 340 students and typically sells out early. To register and get more information, visit For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

– Craig Koscho