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500 middle school girls headed to UMaine March 14 for Expanding Your Horizons

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ORONO, Maine — Upward of 500 middle school girls from around the state will spend the
day at the University of Maine March 14 for the 26th Expanding Your Horizons conference, designed to introduce youths to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Students will begin their day at 9 a.m. in Hauck Auditorium for an opening presentation and keynote address, then disperse throughout the campus in groups to attend hands-on workshops in math- and science-oriented fields scheduled on the hour from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., most led by UMaine faculty and staff. A representative from Hardy Girls Healthy Women in Waterville will make the keynote presentation.

At 9 a.m. in 100 D.P. Corbett Business Building, teachers will gather for a Maine Girls Collaborative Project panel discussion about working with girls with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. At 1 p.m. in D.P. Corbett, an afternoon workshop will explore strategies for encouraging Native American girls to pursue STEM subjects in school.

The event is cosponsored by the UMaine Women’s Resource Center, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine, College of Engineering, University Bookstore, the Provost’s Office and Maine Girls Collaborative Project.

Among the most visually interesting workshops for girls:

  • Experimenting with the Natural Flora of Bacteria on Our Hands, led byundergraduate student Jordan Myerowitz, 10 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., 180 Hitchner Hall.
  • Critter Clues: Studying Marine Animals, led by graduate student Skylar Bayer, 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., 201 Shibles Hall.
  • Colorful, Cold Chemistry, led by professor Alice Bruce, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., 227 and 228 Aubert Hall.
  • Tidal Energy, led by graduate student Colleen Swanger, noon and 1p.m., Aquaculture Research Center.
  • Sustainability Solutions — Working Together, led by staff member Elizabeth England, noon and 1 p.m., Mitchell Center, Smith Hall.