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Motivating Young Women in Science and Mathematics

Participate in hands-on workshops that will develop your passion in a range of scientific fields. 

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a national network that was founded in 1974 by a group of female scientists and educators. It was their goal to encourage young women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. It is the goal of the EYH conferences throughout the country to do just that! 

The EYH Network’s programs are developed based on the following assumptions:

  1. In order to increase the participation of women in mathematics, science, and engineering careers, there must be an increase in the pool of qualified women.
  2. In order for young women to have the option to enter mathematics, science, and engineering careers, they need to choose to take the appropriate mathematics and science courses in high school.
  3. Intervention strategies are needed that increase the participation of girls in mathematics by nurturing enjoyment and confidence in mathematics, by connecting the value of mathematics to career opportunities, by providing career role models, and by actively encouraging girls to persevere in mathematics coursework.

EYH workshops showcase positive female role models in STEM careers, combined with fun, hands-on activities for middle school girls. Due to the personalized nature of each girls’ schedule, we regret to inform you that we cannot accommodate walk-in registrations on the day of the event.

Each girl will participate in three hands-on workshops at the event. Please see the Workshops tab for a description of each trio of workshops. Register early to ensure there is space available in the trio desired.

Parents and guardians may relax on our campus during the event. However, for space and safety reasons, they are not allowed to rotate with the girls to their sessions. They are also not allowed to take girls off-campus at lunch. 

For additional information, please contact the EYH planning committee through email or contact Michelle Schwartz via phone 443-394-9773.

If disability accommodations are needed to participate fully in this event, contact as soon as possible.  Please provide at least one week prior notice of your needs (though an effort will be made to fulfill last-minute requests). 

This year’s EYH event is sponsored by support from Stevenson University Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences and Toyota Financial Services. Special thanks also to the American Association of University Women Baltimore Branch. 

EYH Planning Committee: 
Dr. Kim Pause Tucker, Lindsey Jones, and Michelle Schwartz

Schedule and Workshops


2019 Schedule

Each girl receives a personalized schedule on the day of the event based on the trio of workshops she selects at the time of online registration. The tentative schedule for Expanding Your Horizons for the 2019 program is as follows.

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
Registration at Owings Mills North Academic Center

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Welcome and Keynote Address

9:45 - 9:55 a.m.
Snack and travel to Session I

10 - 11 a.m.
Session I

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Session IIA/Lunch A

12:20 - 1:20 p.m.
Session IIB/Lunch B

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Session III

2:40 - 2:50 p.m.
Closing Session

2:55 - 3:15 p.m.
Child Check-out/Pick-up
(Note: Parents must come and sign out their children)

Parents or guardians must come in with the girls to sign-in at registration and also come in to sign-out the girls at pick-up. Please remember to bring your photo identification to check-out your daughter.

The girls travel in cohorts throughout the day based on their selection during online registration. There can be no substitutions of the workshops. If your daughter participated in one of the workshops listed last year, you should select a different trio for her.

If you have a special request to place your daughter with a friend, it must be stated at the time of registration. Please email right away to let us know your preference and we will do our best to accommodate.


2019 Workshop Descriptions

Trio 1: BIO

Roundabout We Go: Using Fruit Flies to Understand our Brains
Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Neuroscience

Learn the complexity of the human brain with fruit flies! Our brains are necessary for nearly everything that we do, from walking and talking to thinking and smelling. Brain cells, called neurons, do their jobs by "talking" to other neurons--but how do they know which ones they should be talking to? Students will work with fruit flies who also eat, sleep, and move around just like us!

Video Game Surgery
Stevenson University Alumni Volunteer

Learn how minimally invasive surgery is performed through a hands-on simulation of laparoscopic surgery! Don’t worry, there won’t be any blood!

Epidemic and Your Immune System
John’s Hopkins School of Public Health

“Disease Outbreak” Use real-world tools and the immune system to follow the spread of a disease in a population. (NOTE: Mock infection only).

Trio 2: CHEM

The Chemistry of Glow Sticks
Stevenson University Chemistry Faculty Volunteers

Is it creepy or cool to glow in the dark? Students will perform experiments to explain how glow sticks work and why they are cool lights.

Chemical Reactions: Foam Gnome
University of Maryland School of Medicine Volunteers

What exactly is foam made of? Learn about chemical reactions as you make and decorate a foam gnome to take home.

Rub-a-Dub-Dub: The Chemistry of Soap
Stevenson University Alumni Volunteer
Does soap make dirt disappear? How is detergent a stain-buster? Students will learn about the chemistry behind how soap and detergents work, and will have the opportunity to make some soap to take home.

Trio 3: STEM

DNA Detectives
Stevenson University Forensic Science Club Volunteers

Did the criminal use gloves? Students will use the forensic technique of DNA fingerprinting to solve a crime. They will analyze DNA samples from the crime scene to find a match with one of three suspects.

Parasites: Monsters Inside Me?
USDA Representative

Who wants a monster in their closet or…inside their bodies?! Students will use microscopes to observe the components of a parasite, learn why it’s important to drink purified water and how proper handwashing protects from infectious diseases.

Fun with STEM
SU Student volunteers

Join the American Chemical Society students from Stevenson for a fun chemistry activity.

Trio 4: Humans

Genes in a Bottle
NOAA Volunteer

Peer into to the normally invisible DNA inside your own cells and comprehend this hidden substance of life. Learn about cell structure, genetics and the chemistry of life!

Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Maryvale Prep School Volunteer

Are you fit? Doctors and exercise experts say we should be, but how can we know for sure? Students will perform a step test, sit n’ reach test, and measure and calculate blood pressures, heart rates and VO2 max.  Find out how fit and flexible you really are!

FDA Volunteer Alexis Norris

Ever wonder what sea creatures lurk below the ocean surface? DNA from ocean water can identify those underwater organisms! Students will analyze DNA sequences collected off the coast of Greenland to identify the fish (and sharks!) and will learn how biologists use computers to analyze billions of DNA sequences in just 10 minutes.

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