Expanding your Horizons Conference

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 Conference, Saturday, April 30, 2016WHAT: Expanding Your Horizons
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Inver Hills Community College
2500 East 80th Street
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

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


Expanding Your Horizons Conference, Saturday, April 30, 2016

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

Tentative schedule

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

Kaitlin Tyler
Kaitlin Tyler

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

Parent Workshops

Preparing for College Finances

Sarah Butler is a Dakota County extension educator for financial empowerment. She will talk about minimizing and preparing for debt.

College Pathways

Inver Hills Community College admissions teams will present on how to start thinking about the smartest college pathway options.

College Lab Experiences

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:

Kristin Digiulio
Biology Faculty
Agricultural Sciences Coordinator

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