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SF State opens labs and classrooms to hundreds of middle school girls



Denize Springer
SF State Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


'Expanding Your Horizons' conference shows young girls how they can turn math and science skills into a profession

WHAT: "Expanding Your Horizons" is a math and science career conference founded and managed by professional women to introduce middle school girls to new and non-traditional skills and careers in fields that utilize mathematics, science, engineering and technology. About 300 San Francisco middle school girls will try out practical hands-on uses for math and science skills including applying algebra to computer animation, building a rocket launch pad and solving mathematical puzzles through topography.

The program is sponsored by the SF State colleges of Science & Engineering and Education as well as corporate and public entities including Autodesk, the Miranda Lux Foundation, California Mathematics Council, San Francisco Unified School District, Houghton Mifflin and San Francisco Mathematics Teachers Association.

WHO: In addition to biologists, geologists, mathematicians and engineers from SF State, the girls will meet and work with female veterinary, zoo and wildlife professionals from the Marine Mammal Center and the San Francisco and Oakland zoos; physicians and researchers from Kaiser Permanente and the University of California Medical Center; an astrochemist from NASA Ames Research Center, electricians, a forensic examiner, and fire inspector.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006

WHERE: Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Ave.), San Francisco.

PLEASE NOTE: Media who wish to visit the labs and classrooms during demonstrations and experiments must arrive at Jack Adams Hall no later than 9:30 a.m. and will be escorted by conference organizers.


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