Salt Lake Community College Hosts Science Conference for Girls

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Salt Lake Community College will host the Expanding Your Horizons conference on March 9. The EYH is a science conference for girls in grades 6-9 and includes hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Expanding Your Horizons conference

Expanding Your Horizons conference

The College is dedicated to providing education, support, and encouragement to women and girls in achieving their educational goals. It is wonderful to be involved with a conference aimed at motivating girls to become creative thinkers.

Salt Lake Community College will host the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference on Saturday, March 9 at the College’s South City Campus in Salt Lake City. SLCC Vice President Deneece Huftalin will provide the conference’s opening address. The EYH is a science conference for girls in grades 6-9 and includes hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet STEM role models and learn more about careers in those fields.

“We are delighted to host the Expanding Your Horizons conference this year,” said Kathy Hurd. “The College has long been dedicated to providing not just education but also support and encouragement to women and girls in achieving their educational goals. It is wonderful to be involved with a conference aimed at motivating girls to become innovative and creative thinkers.

Dr. Angela Trego will provide the conference’s keynote address. Trego is a consultant for Injury and Crash Analysis who frequently provides expert testimony for accident reconstruction. Angela was named one of Utah Business’s 2010 “30 Women to Watch” and won the “Rising Star” award at the 2009 Women Tech Council celebration. She holds two patents and is the author of over 50 publications and presentations ranging from the development of passive damping techniques to the modeling of corrosion damage in structures.

Participants in the conference can choose from workshops throughout the day-long event with topics like: publishing digital magazines on an iPad, germs on makeup, phones, and jewelry, and fun with forensics and fingerprints.

Currently, EYH conferences for girls are held in 31 states and in Europe and Asia.

The EYH Network is a membership organization of STEM professionals, educators, parents, community leaders, and government and corporate representatives. Financial support comes from membership dues and from donations and grants made by corporations, foundations and government agencies.

The EYH Network began in 1974 as the Math/Science Network, an informal group of women scientists and educators in the San Francisco Bay Area who were concerned about low female participation in math courses. On a volunteer basis, members of the group began planning coordinated efforts to strengthen their individual programs and to offer mutual support.
For more information about the conference, including a full list of workshops and presenters, visit the website: http://www.etouches.com/ehome/SLCC/83328/

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

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