Girls encouraged to consider science and math careers at Expanding Your Horizons conference

Feb. 3, 2009

Girls encouraged to consider science and math careers at Expanding Your Horizons conference

LIVERMORE, Calif. — The annual Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Math Conference, returns on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Diablo Valley College, San Ramon Campus at 1690 Watermill Road, San Ramon. The conference, now in its 30th year, begins at 8:30 a.m.

The daylong conference is held for young women, grades 6-9, from Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Sunol school districts to increase interest and foster awareness of careers in math and science. Young women also have opportunities to meet and interact with role models who are active in math- and science-related careers.

Keynote speaker, Donna Djordjevich, a computer scientist from Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, who specializes in developing computer games, will share her background and motivation for her chosen career.

At the conference, girls will meet and interact with professionals from industry, government, academia and public service, discussing career and education choices in a friendly and relaxed environment.

They’ll attend two workshops where they’ll be part of hands-on science and math-related activities. Workshop topics include: robotics, chemistry, and genetics, among others. In addition, participants will visit a career fair.

About 300 participants are expected to attend. Students from other school districts also may register.

Co-sponsored by volunteers from Sandia National Laboratory, Diablo Valley College, the American Association of University Women and Lawrence Livermore National Security, the Tri-Valley EYH conference registration fills quickly. Go to the Web at to register. For more information, call (925) 422-2453.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is a national security laboratory, with a mission to ensure national security and apply science and technology to the important issues of our time. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.