Girls sought for program in science, math, tech, engineering

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WALLA WALLA — Community girls are invited to participate in this year’s Great Explorations, a daylong program of science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM event is geared to girls in fifth through eighth grades, and will be held March 23 at Whitman College.

Great Explorations is coordinated by the Walla Walla branch of the American Association of University Women.

Students can participate in three workshops that offer informal and hands-on experience with STEM careers, according to a press release. Girls will get to choose from 24 workshops being offered throughout the day in fields ranging from ecology, geology, engineering, neurobiology, math, chemistry, astronomy, genetics, nursing and more.

Parents and educators are also invited to participate in a panel on “Investing in Education” about ways to prepare students for higher education.

Registration is required for student workshop participation, with a deadline of March 18. The fee to attend is $5. For information, including scholarships or more specifics on workshops, contact Carol Morgan at pcmorgan@charter.net or 525-3531, or go online at the AAUW website, www.aauw-wallawalla.org, or Facebook.

The youth workshops run 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with a keynote presentation at noon that is free and open to the public. This year’s keynote is Jody Wolf, assistant crime lab administrator for the Phoenix Police Department. Wolf will speak in Maxey Hall.

Her presentation is called “Crime Doesn’t Pay — Unless You Work in Forensics.”

Wolf has been in public and private labs for more than 20 years, with 12 years working for the Phoenix crime lab. Wolf has bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry from Regis University in Colorado, and a master’s in chemistry from Arizona State University.

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