||May 12, 2014
|| David Mance, Media Relations Coordinator, 509-969-6084 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heritage University Event to Show Middle School Girls the Benefits of Careers in Science
Toppenish, WA — More than 200 middle school girls will gather at Heritage University Saturday, May 17 for a day filled with science and fun. The event, “Expanding Your Horizons,” is being offered through a partnership between Heritage and the University of Washington’s Gear-Up program.
“Careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields can be very lucrative and prestigious,” says event program chair Alison Hutchinson. “Also, we want to show young women how careers in these fields can give back to the community, through discoveries in pharmaceutical and medicinal sciences, advancements in agricultural development, and other similar scientific revelations,” says Hutchinson.
The goal of Expanding Your Horizons is to increase the numbers of women in science by building girls’ excitement for STEM fields at an early age. Seventh and eighth graders are matched with a group of volunteer mentors; professional women working in STEM careers in the greater Central Washington region. The mentors immerse the girls in hands-on workshops on topics including designing web pages; determining the chemical principals for the best apple fruit quality and taste; and exploring radioactive chemicals in the human body.
“After the event is over, we want these girls to envision themselves as future scientists and engineers,” says Hutchinson.
Expanding Your Horizons is being held at several locations on the Heritage campus in Toppenish on Saturday, May 17th from 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information contact Alison Hutchinson at (509) 865-8539.