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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, October 31st, 2015.

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

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, Hulman Hall

When: Saturday, October 31, 2015 (Conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Why:

  • 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 (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 has been extended to October 28, 2015

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

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
apayne@smwc.edu
(812) 535-5183

Keynote Speaker:

Maria T. Sellers,
Technology Integration Specialist and eLearning Specialist, South Vermillion Community Schools

POWERED BY STEAM

It is critical that we use technology, learning environments and pedagogy to guide students rather than prescribe to students. In doing so, we create students who can seek information, solve problems and become life-long learners. Maria will share some of the latest technologies used in the South Vermillion Community Schools and will feature special guests Alyson Chaney (Engineering), Shia Szczepanski, Kylee Yocum (Technology), Marissa Stein (Arts), and Madison Newburn (Math/Science). All of them are students at SVCS.

Hands-on Workshops

Choose your top three! Every effort will be made to consider your preferences.

HOOFIN’ IT!

Learn the parts of a horse’s hoof and why care of the foot is so important. You will work with horses and see different types of therapeutic shoes used on horses.
Angie McMillin,
SMWC Equine Adjunct Instructor and Operations/Stable Manager

JUST BRUSH IT OFF!

Did you know that the primary ingredient in toothpaste is mined like coal? Learn about minerals and their uses, then create your own “brand” of designer toothpaste. Take it home for your family to use. Toothbrush included.
Diedre Adams,
Science Teacher, West Vigo Middle School

WETLAND BAND

Become a SciGirl and learn about frogs and citizen science! Scientists research frog and toad calls to study how our amphibian friends are doing. Listen to calls and create your own Wetland Band to match those of area frogs and toads. Learn how you can contribute to current scientific studies.
Abby Koester,
Education Coordinator, Terre Haute Children’s Museum

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

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 and also clean up dirty water before it is returned to the environment. Design and build your own simple water filtration system!
Michelle Marincel Payne,
Environmental Engineer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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 take Alice home with you to continue the fun.
Deborah Gaff,
Project Lead the Way and Science Teacher, Houser Jr/Sr High School

(WOMAN)UFACTURING

Learn about Boston Scientific less invasive medical devices. Have a chance to follow directions on an assembly line to build Lego structures as an operator would build a medical device product on an assembly line.
Heather Light,
Manufacturing Engineer, Boston Scientific Corporation

THE POWER OF WATER

Hydroelectric power is the most widely used source of renewable energy around the world. You will be able to design and build a turbine that spins rapidly when it comes in contact with a forceful stream of water – generating your very own source of renewable energy through hydropower.
Jenny Mueller Price, Ph.D.,
P.E. Environmental Engineer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

DENTISTRY! SCIENCE + ART = HEALTHY SMILES

Have you ever thought that you might like to become a dentist? In this workshop you will learn about oral hygiene, disease process and restorative treatments for caries. You will make an impression of a dental model and do your own restoration on a plastic tooth.
Amanda Clemons,
Student Dentist, IU School of Dentistry

ROBOTICS ISN’T JUST FOR BOYS ANYMORE!

Come talk to the girls of local FIRST Robotics team Area 5188 - Classified Robotics. They will show you the fun and interesting world of robotics and engineering. You might even be able to drive their 6 foot robot!
Danielle Gehron, President of Rose-Hulman Mentoring Club,
Liah Tressmer, Daisy Bell, Maddison Robertson and Stella Cheesman RHIT assistants

MARBLE ROLLERCOASTERS

You will be able to build structures out of foam, cardboard, and other materials with the goal of getting a marble through the course and into a cup at the end. You will learn about potential and kinetic energy.
Kristin McClinton,
Junior CET/IT, Females in Technology (ISU)

SURVIVAL OF THE SNEAKIEST

Are you interested in learning about the beautiful yet mysterious creatures of the Amazon Rain Forest? You will learn how plants and animals in the Amazon Rain Forest survive with the help of defense adaptations, camouflage and mimicry. You will then get a chance to design and create your own plant or animal that “blends in” with its habitat.
Melissa Jordan,
Science Teacher, Sarah Scott Middle School

Attention Parents and Teachers:

A separate program for parents and adults will run concurrently with the girls workshops. Learn how you can encourage your daughters or students to remain interested in math and science. Learn how to motivate them to pursue their careers of interest. These sessions will help parents understand why they need to be supportive of young girls’ choices and how to help them achieve their goals.

PARENT WORKSHOP I:
ENCOURAGING GIRLS IN STEM

How one girl’s dislike for science and math turned into LOVE of the subject matter! How you talk about STEM and the activities that you do at home and after school can greatly influence your daughter’s attitude towards science and math.
Julie Davidson ’07,
Principal, St. Mary’s Elementary School, Paris, Illinois

PARENT WORKSHOP II:
STEPPING STONES TOWARDS COLLEGE AND A CAREER

It’s never too early to begin the path for college and possible careers for your daughters. Steps you take now with college awareness and planning will help both you and her successfully navigate the entrance to higher education.
Janet Clark, Ph.D.,
Vice President for Academic Affairs, SMWC