EYH Diablo Valley College

EYH Diablo Valley College

May 2, 2015

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Diablo Valley College 321 Golf Club Rd. Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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About the conference

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference specially designed for middle school girls. Our mission is to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Our conference will be full of enjoyable hands-on activities led by real women who have real STEM jobs. They’ll tell you what it’s like to work in STEM and they’ll help you try out activities in their fields. There will be many different workshops to choose from. In addition to workshops, there will be a Career Treasure Hunt with prizes and hands on activities! Find out more about the National Expanding Your Horizons Organization by going to the National EYH Website and watch a video of girls enjoying an EYH event.

Conference location

Diablo Valley College 321 Golf Club Rd. Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Sample student workshops

Animal Burrow Challenge

What kind of animal engineer are you? Can you make a “burrow” as dynamic as an underground animal? Join Lindsay Wildlife Museum and learn about underground animals and test your skills and creativity as you build your own marble maze. Meet a live burrowing animal and see what other creatures live down below.

Blending Art and Science

Creativity and invention are integral parts of doing science. In this workshop we will discuss how, after decades of scientists searching, female Oceanographer Edith Widder came up with the idea that finally found and filmed the elusive giant squid in the deep sea. We will dissect real squid, and will compare their structures to fish with completely different shapes by making our own fish prints. If time allows, we may have a shark dissection available for observation and discussion.

Chemistry and Art -- A Study in Blue

Learn the science behind an artist`s palette. Make your own blue dyes and pigments, and use them to create crayons and photographic prints called "cyanotypes".

Code Name: Chocolate

Should you choose to accept this mission, you will be immersed in the world of chocolate. You will experience the science behind chocolate using all five of your senses: sight, touch, sound, smell, and taste.

Design a Parachute

What is the purpose of a parachute? What is the role of a parachute in skydiving?
Imagine you are jumping out of a plane 10,000 feet in the air. What type of material would you want your parachute to be made of and what size would you want it to be? We will design (and test) parachutes made from different materials.


We will take a look at the fishing industry and fish populations using an on-line game called fishbanks

From Milk to Cheese

Learn how to make curds of cheese and discover how to determine the fat fat, sugar and protein content of the curds and whey.

Happy Healthy Animals

Do animals need the same things that we need to survive? Can they get bored just like us? Design and construct an enrichment project for one of Oakland Zoo’s education program animals. Learn how we make the lives of Zoo animals more enriching and fun, and how you can do the same for your pets and native wildlife!

Infinite Donut Bites

Building models by sharing donuts, we will explore infinite series convergence.

Invisible Evidence

Use Techniques from chemistry to identify the ink on a ransom note as you explore the ways that chemistry helps us daily.

Keep Out!

In this technology activity, learners build an "alarming" doormat to keep siblings out of their rooms. You will learn about circuits, switches, and sensors.

Paper, Fabric and Electronics

This workshop will introduce the students to how to embed electronic components into origami objects or wearable fabrics, combining digital and hand crafts.

Predator vs Prey

Come find out how animals have developed different colors, shapes, and body parts in order to survive in the wild! How does a bird’s beak shape help it catch food? How does a worm’s color help it escape? In this activity we will be acting as birds hunting insects – and see what kind of bird can catch the most food!

Up Close and Personal

Take a microscope voyage through the kingdoms of life. Look at cells from plants, animals, bacteria and other organisms, including yourself, and discover differences and similarities among them.

Time Title Leader
10:15 am L. Paper, Fabric and Electronics Qi Zhu Ishikawa 
10:15 am J. Invisible Evidence Tish Young
10:15 am A. Animal Burrow Challenge Jessica Groetsch
10:15 am C. Blending Art and Science Segal Boaz
10:15 am N. Predator vs Prey Rachel Cunningham
10:15 am E. Code Name: Chocolate Jenna Fu
10:15 am D. Chemistry and Art -- A Study in Blue Jean Ruehl

Sample adult workshops

Parents will have the opportunity to participate in workshops about STEM career opportunities for girls, how to support your daughter's desire to attend college and financial aid resources to help them get there.

Time Title Leader
10:15 am Parent Workshop Catherine Franco, Phoebe Balangan and Cari Lyn Vinci