LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2010) -The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative will hold its second annual conference, "STEM Innovations: Next Generation, Pathways to Success for Girls," at the University of Louisville's Shelby Campus Monday, June 21.
The conference provides an opportunity for educators, business and community leaders, parents and girls to explore emerging career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Attendees also will learn ways to overcome roadblocks to their success in these fields.
Keynote speakers include Kris Kimel of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, Catherine Didion of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine and Andresse St. Rose of the American Association of University Women and co-author of the book, "Why So Few?"
The conference will also feature an industry showcase during which participants will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from prominent Kentucky businesses who will talk more specifically about their organization's state-of-the-art technology, their workforce needs and future opportunities for girls.
Lunch will be provided on site. Throughout the lunch hour participants will have the opportunity to network with other guests and interact with past mini-grant recipients at a Mini-grant Exhibition.
The afternoon will include break-out sessions "Shaping Girls Experiences," "Why Not More (Girls in STEM)," and "Science Readiness" that will provide a venue for open discussion with girls, parents, teachers, and industry representatives.
Door prizes from local and state sponsors will be raffled off at the end of the conference.
Registration is $20 per person. Ten dollars of that fee will go toward supporting future Kentucky Girls STEM events. Middle, high school and college students are waived from the fee due to a generous donation from Michelin North America/American Synthetic Rubber Company, Louisville, Ky.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.ngcproject.org/events/events.cfm.
The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Project brings together organizations and programs that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue educational choices in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to build a strong, diverse workforce in Kentucky. The University of Kentucky is the lead institution in this collaborative.