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ASU to Host Young Women’s STEM Conference

February 07, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, Angelo State University will host a day-long Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Girl Genius Conference for girls in grades 6-12 on Saturday, Feb. 25, in various math and science labs and the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus.

The conference is part of a nationwide effort to increase the number of young women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and will feature 17 fun, educational and motivational workshops conducted by ASU faculty, professional engineers and student volunteers.  Attendees will each pick four workshops to attend and participate in a panel discussion. 

Parents and teachers accompanying students to the conference will be treated to instructional seminars on preparing girls for college and ASU admissions and financial aid, a planetarium show and a geology workshop. 

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.  The welcoming ceremony will be at 9 a.m. in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center, and then the students will move to various ASU labs for the first two sets of workshops.  There will then be a noon luncheon panel discussion featuring women in STEM careers followed by two more rounds of workshops and a 4 p.m. science demonstration and custom EYH Laser Light Show. 

Registration is $5 for adults and $15 for students, and includes lunch.  Students will also receive a T-shirt and sports bag.  Scholarships are also available.  All girls in grades 6-12 are invited to attend, and they do not need to be Girl Scouts.  The deadline to register for the conference is Friday, Feb. 10. 

The conference is sponsored by the ASU College of Arts and Sciences and College of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas and with monetary support from Ethicon Inc. 

For more information on the conference or to register, call Carrie Searcy with the Girl Scouts at 325-655-8961 or go online to www.gsctx.org/about/ourprogram/edge and click on the link for “Access Information for the San Angelo STEM Conference.” 

More information on the national Expanding Your Horizons program is available at www.expandingyourhorizons.org/.

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Carrie Searcy, Girl Scouts
325-655-8961