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LLNL helps girls increase interest in STEM activities


More than 400 girls, grades six to nine, attended the recent Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference on the Las Positas College campus in California. Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was a sponsor of the 37th annual event. The conference seeks to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

At this year's conference, “A Window into Your Future,” girls participated in group activities along with 90-minute hands-on workshops in chemistry, biotechnology, computer science, engineering, environmental science and robotics. There also was a career fair for participants and a program for parents on college planning, California university and state college academic requirements, transferring from community college to a four-year university and financial aid.

More than 100 volunteers from Lawrence Livermore, Sandia National Laboratories/California, Las Positas College and the American Association of University Women helped to coordinate the conference.