Expanding Your Horizons

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a one-day, national network of conferences, designed to motivate young womens' interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The conference will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014.                 

Additionally, prominent professional women who work in the STEM fields will lead the hands-on workshops.

Thanks to the following for sponsoring the event:

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Conference Details

Who: All young women in middle school, grades 6-8.

What: A hands-on science and mathematics conference

Where: Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014 (Conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)


  • Investigate science and mathematics careers,
  • Talk with women in science and math careers, 
  • Attend science and math workshops, 
  • Participate in hands-on activities, and
  • Meet other girls interested in science and mathematics!

Registration (Now Open!)

  • Registration is a three-step process, as seen in the instructions to the right. Please complete the steps in order.
  • $20 registration fee per participant.
  • Registration deadline is October 24, 2014 (extended to Oct. 28)

Workshops are also available for parents, teachers, and troop leaders.

We will confirm your registration within ten days of receipt. You must complete all steps of the registration to be officially registered.

If you are experiencing problems with the online pay system, please complete Steps 1 and 2 and then mail your check to Dr. Anneliese Payne, Hulman Hall, SMWC, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

Melissa Jordan is a science teacher at Sarah Scott Middle School in Terre Haute. She is passionate about teaching science and learning new things in challenging ways. For the past two summers, she has traveled to the Amazon to learn about the rain forest and its people. Mrs. Jordan is involved in getting local youth involved in environmental projects like removing invasive species and recycling programs. Her goal is to make learning science fun and inspire young people to take the time to understand the world around them.

Let’s See Those Pearly Whites!

We will look into a horse’s mouth and examine their teeth and look at the differences in their teeth as compared to human teeth. You will get hands on experiences with the horses and learn how they chew differently than we do, why dental work is so important to the horse’s overall health, and what a healthy equine mouth looks like.  We will be going to the barn, so please dress warm! Angie McMillin, SMWC Equine Adjunct Instructor and Operations/Stable Manager

When “Meow” or “Woof” means “Ouch, that hurts!”

How do doctors treat patients who can’t tell them in words what is wrong?  In this workshop find out what a typical day is like for a vet and have a chance to evaluate some furry patients! Nancy Schenck, D.V.M., Veterinarian, Petcare Animal Hospital


Imagine you are walking on the forest floor of a Madagascar rain forest.  Then out of the corner of your eye, you see something scurry across a fallen tree trunk.  You lift a piece of bark to reveal a Hissing Cockroach.  All of a sudden you realize you’re in your bed.  You were dreaming!  If only you could learn more about this sneaky detrivore. Come and see this awesome arthropod up close! Melissa Jordan, Science Teacher, Sarah Scott Middle School

Make it Move!

What can a robot do for you?  Get your hands on various types of robots and build them from the ground up! Begin with the parts and components that make the robots’ skeletons, add the electronic components, and get them moving! Mary Samm, Director of Academic Computing, SMWC

Down the Drain and Back Again!

When you take a shower or drink a glass of water, do you wonder where your water comes from or where it goes when it runs down the drain?  Learn about how environmental engineers help to supply clean drinking water to your community and also clean up dirty water before it is returned to the environment. Design and build your own simple water filtration system and explore how different materials catch different waste particles to clean up your water. Jennifer Mueller Price, PhD, PE and Michelle Marincel Payne, Environmental Engineers, RHIT

Become a Medical Detective

Solve a medical mystery by following the clues, choosing diagnostic tests, and then learn how to give an injection for treatment (to your patient Ms. Orange). Kathleen Auen Stienstra, MD, Board Chair nonprofit Maple Center for Integrative Health


You have probably blown bubbles a thousand times, but have you ever heard of an invisible bubble? A lace bubble? Half a bubble? Learn about the nature of light and observe wave interactions like refraction, reflection and interference on the surface of soap bubbles. Enjoy the fun of creating beautiful bubbles and seeing them in a new “light”! Diedre Adams, Science Teacher, West Vigo MS

Environmental Detective Training

Creepy crawlies are everywhere!  While we may be able to scream “eek!” and run away, what happens to things that can’t run away?  Through the study of herbivory and insect-plant relationships, we will investigate what happens to plants when they are snacked on by a variety of insects!  Get ready to become a leaf detective and examine leaves with this kind of damage and observe some of the insects that could have caused such damage. Alexandra Sarel, Science major, SMWC

Chemistry in the Kitchen

Not all science requires hard-to-find chemicals and fancy laboratories.  In this workshop, you will learn about many of the exciting experiments you can perform at home in your own kitchen. Stephanie Poland, Ph.D. Polymer Chemist, RHIT

Would you like to meet Alice?

Alice is an innovative 3D program that makes it easy to create animations or games.  The Alice project provides tools and materials for a conceptual core of computational thinking, Problem solving and computer programming. You will be able to learn to use the software and will be able to take Alice home with you to continue the fun! Deborah Gaff, Project Lead the Way and Science Teacher, Greensburg Community Schools

Silence is Golden

Teams will use different objects (rubber bands, boxes, string, cups, ect) to build structures. But there is a catch: you cannot use words! You must use body language and team work to construct a sturdy structure which will then be tested against a gush of wind to show its strength. This activity will not only test the group’s teamwork, but also your creativeness. Bev Bitzegaio, Director of Outreach and Student Career Support, ISU, Desiree Edwards, Averi Hill, Anzai Memon, and Cassandra Cooper, Females in Technology Organization, ISU

Parent Workshop I

“Encouraging STEM for the non-STEM person”

You don’t need to have extensive knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in order to encourage your daughter to pursue an interest in STEM. There are many exciting, but simple things that you can do.  Lynn V. Hughes, Executive Director, Terre Haute Children’s Museum

Parent Workshop II


Where are the resources?  If your daughter has expressed an interest in the STEM fields, what resources are in your community that she can tap into?  Where can she meet other girls with similar interests?  Becky Buse, Director of Advocacy and Community Development, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

expanding your horizons - motivating young women in science + mathematics

More Information

For more information about the Expanding Your Horizons conference at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College please contact:

Dr. Anneliese Payne
(812) 535-5183