Expanding Your Horizons offered for Middle School Girls at PSC April 18

STEM Horizons
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is for area middle school girls. Kaelie Lane, Darrah Speis, and Emily Lark test wind power with G-FORCE and GEARS Robotics during the recent STEM Festival at Potomac College. Darrah is from Allegany County and led the activity for G-FORCE. Kaelie and Emily attend Keyser and Frankfort Middle Schools. The EYH event will also be hosted at Potomac State College on April 18

A day of Hands-on activities in Science, Technology, and Engineering will be offered at the Expanding Your Horizons event for middle school girls. It will be a day of energy and enthusiasm around the possibilities.

The event is on Saturday, April 18, at Potomac State College from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.  It is open to all area Middle School Girls grades 6-8, parents and teachers. The purpose is to encourage young girls to consider the STEM fields.

The website offers more details and a description of workshops to be offered. Topic areas include anatomy, DNA analysis, plant reproduction, building a glider, combustion engines, electricity and magnetism, holograms, soft circuits, Nano zone, and cryptography.

STEM careers are in high demand. Graduates who have backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are in short supply. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, in the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields.

 Youth sometimes overlook the STEM fields, however there are a broad range of options. The Expanding Your Horizon’s conference provides an opportunity for middle school girls to learn if they are interested in one of the STEM fields.

On-line registration is easy. The cost is $5 which includes lunch and a t-shirt. Sessions will be offered for parents to help encourage your daughter’s interest. The student and parent/teacher registration can be completed on-line at the following website:

http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/WestVirginia/

If you have questions about the workshops contact Jen Robertson-Honecker, Ph.D.,Assistant Professor and STEM Specialist, WVU Extension Service. Jen.Robertson@mail.wvu.edu

Contact the WVU Mineral County Extension Service for more information at 304-788-3621 or email m.miltenberger@mail.wvu.edu.

The event is being sponsored by the WV Association of Women in Science, The Mineral County STEM Network, Potomac State College of WVU and the WVU Extension Service.