Expanding Your Horizons 2017

Girls' gateway to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Thank you to all of our wonderful Workshop Instructors and Career Fair participants for their outstanding presentations at Expanding Your Horizons this year!!  We had over 300 Monterey County girls register for the event this year!  Below is video of our wonderful Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ruth Murray Clay, Astrophysicist, UCSC.  

Photos from EYH 2017 (Photographer: Coel Mayer)


Special thanks to:

Hartnell College
Dr. Ruth Murray Clay, Astrophysicist, UCSC
Rita Bell, Director of Education Programs, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Joanne Pleak, Administrative Assistant III and Facilities & Events Scheduler, Hartnell College
Jill Sweeney, Food Service Manager, Hartnell College
Thank you also to all of the educators, teachers, parents, and family members who supported these amazing girls and brought them to this years event!  

Our Workshop Presenters:
Alexxa Rind    Genetics and DNA!
Amanda Good    The Land and Sea Interactive Watershed Model
Ana Martinez-Fernandez    Ocean Acidification
Ana Munoz  Engaging Science Ideas with College & Career Focus
Carolyn Laymon    Strawberry DNA Extraction
Joanna Ledesma    Math Games for Math Practice
Kimberly Bitterwolf    Greenhouse in a Bottle
Kyle Broach    Sea Level on the Rise
Pat Rutowski    Marine Mammal Artifacts
Phaedra Jessen    Weather verses Climate:  Who's running the show?
Pimol Moth    All About the Planets
Raymond Esteybar    Made With Code
Robin Mendenhall    Where Do Beaches Come From?
Tom Kieckhefer    Amazing Lives of Sea Turtles
Wesley Haack    What do Sea Otters, Sand Crabs, and Seabirds have in common? Acanthocephalans!
Zeka Kuspa    It's a bird, it's a plane...no it's a BIRD!

Career Fair Presenters:
APWA    Maria Esther Rodriguez
Cabrillo College - Dental Hygiene    Inna Engle, Sacie Salcido
California American Water    Edie Lemon, Nina Miller
Central Coast College Vet. Assistant Program    Cathy Del Fante, Mikayla Hasal
CRUSER @ NPS    Lyla Englehorn
CS Cohort Programs for Hartnell and CSUMB    Faith Shatto & Irais Gopar
Department of Oceanography - NPS    Mara Orescanin

Enza Zaden    Kelly Stanton
Fleet Numerical    Phaedra Jessen
Hartnell Astronomy Department    Dr. Pimol Moth
Hartnell Biology Department    Dr. Ann Wright
Hartnell Chemistry Department    Amy Taketomo
Monterey Bay 99s    Claudia Contreras, Mona Kendrick, Sue Purvis, Audrianne Taylor, Sophia Taylor House, Theresa Levandoski- Byers
Monterey Bay Aquarium     Gina Carrillo, Jilian Aesir
MPC Nursing School    Tina Rondez and Students
MST    Lisa Rheimheimer
Monsanto    Rose Reintar, Tamara Holst
RoboDojo @ NPS   Kristen Tsolis
Sakata    Katie Reed, Monica Filimon
Taylor Farms    Sandra Garcia
USDA    Renee Eriksen, Alyssa Burkhardt, Kaori Ando
Ventana Wildlife Society    Evelyn Gutierrez, Hailee Kyle

This event is made possible by the following Organizations:

Hartnell College
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

5th Annual Expanding Your Horizons Date:
Check-in: 8:15-9am.  Conference: 9am - 3pm

We have reached our maximum attendance for EYH 2017.
Registration is now closed.  There is no waitlist for this event. 

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This day-long event includes hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  At the conference, young women meet female STEM role models and learn more about careers in STEM fields. 

When you register to attend the EYH conference, you can choose up to three workshop sessions that sound interesting to you. You'll be assigned to attend two sessions, and we'll try to give you your top choices. 

Read the workshop descriptions. Choose the workshops that most interest you. Feel free to select the same workshops as your friends or decide with your friends that you will attend different workshops; then tell each other about your unique experiences after the conference! 

Be prepared to be active!!! You'll do some listening, but mostly you'll be engaged in some really fun hands-on activities including robotics, forensics, animal husbandry, marine biology, boat-building, underwater exploration, aeronautics, computer science and energy.

Volunteer to present a Workshop!

  • Be the inspiration that encourages young women to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.
  • Motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges.
  • Share your passion and enthusiasm for the important work you do with middle and high school girls. 

Each workshop session is 90 minutes and will be presented twice.   Lunch is included for all presenters.
The maximum number of students allowed to register for each workshop will be 20.

To give you an idea of the type of workshops that will be presented, here are some of the workshops that were offered last year:

  • Don't Break the Law! - Material Engineers, Meghan Baronowski and Danielle Ramos, show an example of a fluid that defies Isaac Newton's law of viscosity.  Participants will get to play with some ooey, gooey, glop...or is it?! 
  • Will Pooh Go "SPLAT"? - Mechanical Engineer, Elsa Hennings and Aerospace Engineer, Alyse Dannenberg, lead a workshop involving designing a harness for a large stuffed animal, attaching it to a parachute, and making predictions where it will land, then testing those predictions.

Interested?   Please call or email

Tom Nelson (EYH conference coordinator)


Rita Bell (EYH program chair)
Monterey Bay Aquarium

For girls that attended the 2014 EYH Conference and would like to talk further with our Keynote Speaker - Anne Gibbon, you can reach her at agibbon@dschool.stanford.edu.

November 19th, 2016 marked our 4th annual EYH Conference!  Another great year thanks to Chevron, Hartnell College,  Monterey Bay Aquarium, MESA, CTE Grants program, the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and all of our volunteers, parents, and teachers that made this event such a success!  If you missed it this year, don't worry, we'll be holding the event again next year!  Join our mailing list to be notified when registration opens.