Jun 7th

Expanding Your Horizons – Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center

The Sci-Quest Hands-On Science Center in Huntsville Alabama hosts a conference as part of the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) program.

The conferences are for middle and high school girls with the goal to inspire girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Conferences in the EYH network are hosted in 31 US states as well as in Europe and Asia. Sci-Quest’s conference provides access to STEM role models and hands-on activities while nurturing confidence and encouraging girls to persevere in STEM coursework. Sci-Quest offered local girls five different conferences from which each was able to choose two to attend.

Last year, Sci-Quest’s EYH conference had its biggest turnout yet with 1,317 middle school girls and 105 teachers and chaperones in attendance. Each day featured a keynote presentation by a female professional in a STEM field to introduce a range of careers to the students in attendance and encourage them to continue to explore STEM areas. All speakers at the conference shared stories of their own paths to STEM careers, what success means to them, and reminded girls that there are no boundaries to what they can grow up to be. The conference also featured a lunch panel with three female professionals discussing high school and college experiences, what their jobs are like, and how they maintain a good work-life balance.

For more information about Weekly science program,visit the program : Hompage

Contact : Jennifer Deermer

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