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MEDIA ADVISORY: SF State opens labs and classrooms to hundreds of middle school girls
Nov. 8 ‘Expanding Your Horizons’ event shows girls how to turn math and science skills into professions




“Expanding Your Horizons” is a math and science career conference hosted by female science professionals who introduce middle school girls to new and non-traditional skills and careers in the fields of mathematics, science, engineering and technology. About 400 San Francisco middle school girls will try out practical hands-on uses for math and science such as understanding the stock market, building a rocket launch pad and exploring Bay Area topography, watersheds and environmental hazards.

The program is sponsored by the SF State College of Science & Engineering and College of Education as well as corporate and public entities including the Miranda Lux Foundation; the City of San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families; the San Francisco Unified School District; Houghton Mifflin; San Francisco Mathematics Teachers Association; the National Expanding Your Horizons Network and many individual donors.


In addition to SF State faculty, the girls will meet and work with female veterinary, zoo and wildlife professionals from the Marine Science Institute, the Oakland Zoo and the California Academy of Sciences; physicians and researchers from California Pacific Medical Center and the San Francisco General Hospital; a technology expert from Symantec; optical scientists, recording engineers, applied mathematicians, and a forensic scientist from the SF Police Criminalistics Laboratory.


8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008


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


Media who wish to visit the labs and classrooms during demonstrations should meet at Jack Adams Hall no later than 9:30 a.m. to be escorted by conference organizers. Later media visits can be arranged by contacting Marilyn Swartz at (415) 218-3076.


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