Girls can experience new career fields thru STEM

The Tulare County Office of Education holds its annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference


VISALIA – If you are a girl who likes science, technology, engineering or mathematics, then the 18th annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference is for you. The conference is set for Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Visalia campus of College of the Sequoias.

This conference is for girls in the fourth grade on up to the tenth grade. They will be able to test out math and science-related fields in an interesting and hands-on environment. It also helps girls form personal contacts with women who are in professions usually held by men. Already nearly 900 girls have registered to attend this conference.

The keynote presenter will be Melanie LeGro, who is a third-year doctoral student at the University of California, Merced. She is studying in the field of molecular cell biology and computational biology. Some of her current research focuses on understanding the molecular regulators of cell fate decisions, which result from genomic instability and drive the formation of tumors. Her work has already contributed to the understanding of how cancers develop. That can help in determining new therapeutic targets.

Following Ms. LeGro there will be presentations conducted by women from the field of engineering, medical and science. There will be sessions on engineering a bridge, robotics, rocket propulsion and more.

For more information contact Rob Herman at 559-733-6606. For event specifics, contact Paula Terrill, Tulare County Office of Education’s Educational Resource Services at 559-651-0565.

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