March 10, 2018

7:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Salt Lake Community College South City Campus 1575 S State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84115

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About the conference

Girls in grades 6-10 are invited to Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus (1575 S State Street) on March 10 to meet female role models from our community, experience hands-on STEM activities, and have fun!

Please arrive between 7:30 and 8:00am to get your badge, schedule, and other conference materials. The keynote address begins at 8:20am.

Salt Lake Community College is an AA/EO Institution

To request an accommodation, contact Shauna Gordon at 801.957.2851 no later than February 24.
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

Salt Lake Community College South City Campus 1575 S State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Sample student workshops

Students get to choose three workshops to attend from the extensive list in the registration system.

Time Title Leader
9:10 am AQUARIUMS: Not just for Fish! Olivia Wood
9:10 am Art and Science of Folds Martha Arndt
9:10 am Awesomely Amazing Websites Trina Limpert
9:10 am Bioengineering Mishmash Chantel Charlebois
9:10 am BioEYES: A Small Fish is Big Fun Judith Neugebauer, PhD
9:10 am Bridge It! Carmen Swanwick
9:10 am Build a Bot Willow Toso

Sample adult workshops

Adults (parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, etc.) can also attend EYH! For the adults, the three workshop sessions will be:
1) Conversations with the Keynote - an opportunity to hear more from our keynote speaker Gretchen McClain (see bio below)
2) Build a Bot - this is a hands-on workshop that is very popular with the girls. Now adults get to have fun with it too! Robots can be simpler and cheaper to create then you might think, if only you get creative with materials and how to generate motion. What can YOU make with a battery and motor? What about a rubber band? Students will be supplied with basic materials and examples, along with ways to personalize a take home creation. The students will explore basic principles of motion, types of energy and transfer, center of mass and how to get a bot to dance! Students will then demonstrate their bot creations. Let’s get this bot meet started!
3) Resource panel - learn about a variety of resources that can help you prepare and pay for college
The fee for adults to attend is $10, including lunch.

Time Title Leader
9:10 am Conversation with the Keynote
10:25 am Build a Bot - Adult Willow Toso
11:40 am Resource Panel

Keynote speaker

(KUTV) Gretchen McClain is an engineer and businesswoman who lives here in Utah.

McClain worked with NASA and helped build the International Space Station.

She also made her way into the business world, working with the companies Allied Signal, Honeywell Aerospace, and served as the CEO of Xylem, Inc.

"I've had as many excitements as I've had challenges," McClain said of her career.

She's had the opportunity to work on some of the biggest problems in the world.

McClain graduated from the University of Utah with a mechanical engineering degree, and went to work for NASA.

"I was up against some of the smartest people I knew," she said.

She worked as a systems engineer on the International Space Station, and helped prepare it for its launch into orbit.

One of the highlights of her nine-year career at NASA is the night before her team was supposed to launch the first element of the International Space Station.

They were in Russia in the middle of winter and wanted to touch the proton launcher before the big event.

"It was awe-inspiring," she said. "And to this day I still look up in the sky and I see that International Space Station and I still have that sense of excitement, confidence, nervousness."

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