Motivating young women in science + mathematics
Can girls be biologists, engineers and health care professionals? Yes. And the planning starts now! The Expanding Your Horizons Conference on the campus of Inver Hills Community College Saturday, April 30, 2016, will provide valuable information on Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM) careers for girls in grades 6–8.
Expanding Your Horizons highlights
- For girls in grades 6–8
- Come and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM) careers during hands-on workshops with positive women role models active in their fields.
- Experience science labs with college professors
- Participate in STEAM Expo featuring colleges, student groups, professional societies and STEAM employers.
- Concurrent parent and teacher workshops
- College Pathways
- Financial Empowerment
- Preparing for College.
Visit Expanding Your Horizons to learn more.
Transportation available from:
- Valley Middle School
- Rosemount Middle School
- Falcon Ridge Middle School
- Black Hawk Middle School
- Dakota Hills Middle School
Cost: $15 student fee • $9 adult fee
Inver Hills students eligible for free parent admission: Contact Kristin Digiulio for more information.
Fee includes T-shirt and lunch. Adult fee includes lunch.
For more information, visit Expanding Your Horizons.
Day at a glance
8:30 – 9 a.m. — Registration
9 – 9:45 a.m. — Welcome Message/Keynote with Kaitlin Tyler
10 – 11 a.m. — Career Workshop I
11:00 – 1:00 p.m. — Lunch and STEAM Career Expo/ Experience a College STEAM Lab (in rotation)
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. — Career Workshop II
2:25 – 3 p.m. — Closing/Door Prizes
3 – 3:30 p.m. — Optional College Tour
Keynote Speaker: Kaitlin Tyler
Kaitlin Tyler is currently a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on taking different materials and trying to alter their structure on the micro and nanoscale to change how they interact with light. She is also heavily involved in STEM outreach and hopes to be a professor after getting her degree. She didn’t always live in Illinois though; she graduated from Apple Valley High School in 2008!
STEAM Career Workshops
All the workshops are hands-on!
Topics will include the following and more:
- Forensic science
- Molecular biology
- Nuclear engineering
- Veterinary medicine
- Technology & innovation
- Website development
Preparing for College Finances
Sarah Butler is a Dakota County extension educator for financial empowerment. She will talk about minimizing and preparing for debt.
Inver Hills Community College admissions teams will present on how to start thinking about the smartest college pathway options.
Topics will include:
- Comparative anatomy
- Population sampling in an ecosystem
- Computer programming
- Quality of aquatic ecosystems
- Oil spill remediation
- Cosmetic chemistry
- Groundwater investigation
To learn more about Expanding Your Horizons, contact:
Agricultural Sciences Coordinator