Santa Community College hosts Fall 2017 Santa Fe Expanding Your Horizons featuring keynote address, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workshops for girls in fifth through eighth grade led by women professionals, and a STEM & College Fair.
Conference begins from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Oct. 21 at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave. The workshops will be in classrooms and labs primarily in the West Wing, upper and lower levels. The STEM & College Fair runs from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Jemez Rooms.
About 200 fifth- through eighth-grade girls will attend. The conference will featurehands-on STEM workshops with female role models, who work in STEM professions.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in the Campus Center, followed by keynote address at 9 a.m. in the Jemez Rooms. The first set of hands-on workshops is from 10 to 11:10 a.m. and the second is from 11:15 a.m. until 12:25 p.m. The STEM & College Fair will be from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The keynote speaker is Jessica Perea Houston, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Associate Professor at New Mexico State University in the Chemical & Materials Engineering Department. Media representatives should report to the Campus Center registration area before entering workshops.
Registration is now closed. Participants registered with a $15 fee or waiver request.
Of Note: There will be many photo and video opportunities during the hands-on workshops. Statistics indicate that women hold 57 percent of college degrees, but only 21 percent of those degrees are in STEM subjects. Last year’s conference had girls from diverse backgrounds, 65 percent were from underrepresented groups in STEM including Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and students of mixed ethnicity.