Expanding Your Horizons 2018
The Lyceum of Monterey County has offered EYH to 300 Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz County girls annually for 5 years (that’s 1500 girls!) at no charge to participants.
However, after a loss of funding for the program, we are seeking support from organizations like yours to help us keep this event FREE TO ALL Tri-County (Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz) girls so their family’s financial standing is not a hindrance to participation.
Over 70% of participants come from low income backgrounds and Title 1 schools! While we are actively seeking new grants for this event, we need your help to make our efforts go even further! The day-long event is held at Hartnell College in Salinas, with many schools bringing in groups of girls to the event.
If you want to support the futures of our Tri-County area girls, please make a donation below! Donations will go towards keeping this event FREE to 300 girls who want to learn more about STEM opportunities! We need to raise $12,000 by October 24th to keep this event free!
Expanding Your Horizons is a STEM Conference and Career Fair for Girls in grades 5 – 10 that seeks to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields by educating young women about career opportunities in math, science, and technology.
Girls attend two hands-on workshops run by female professionals, where they conduct lab experiments, extract and examine plant DNA, and learn to write their own code (and lots of other cool workshops)!
Girls also attend a Career Fair with representatives from 25 Monterey County organizations to learn about future STEM related career opportunities. They’ll find out what education is required to go into those professions, what salaries they pay, and what the working environments are in those careers! They also meet other like-minded girls, MESA Mentors, and make new friends with similar interests!
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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
2017 Expanding Your Horizons
Special thanks to:
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
The 2017 event was made possible by the following Organizations:
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce