Friday, February 18, 2011

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

WHAT: The American Association of University Women - Springfield Branch will host "Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Science and Technology" – a hands-on conference designed for girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2011 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 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. 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.

Workshops include From Science to Smoothie, At the Scene of the Crime, The Unseen World Around Us, Futuristic Medicine Today, Soar into Engineering, and Horsin’ Around, among others.

The workshops for adults are designed to provide information on how to help girls cope with issues common to their age group and provide links to the resources they will need for access to higher education and careers.

Adult workshop topics include Best Practices in Bullying Prevention and Intervention for Adolescents and Unraveling the Mystery of the ACT and SAT.

The event is presented by the American Association of University Women - Springfield Branch, and is sponsored by the University of Illinois Springfield and The Children’s Center of Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois, 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

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