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Idaho State University Center for New Directions hosts 1st ever Super STEM Girl Conference

September 25, 2017 GMT

POCATELLO - The Idaho State University Center for New Directions will present the 1st ever Super STEM Girl Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Pond Student Union Building.

Eighth grade girls from Pocatello and Chubbuck schools are invited to explore their own Super Powers at this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) conference where students will learn about their interests and strengths. The Super STEM Girls and their Sidekicks, otherwise known as parents and teachers, will spend the day collecting “super powers” as they participate in hands-on STEM related activities across the ISU Campus.

Every girl has something special about her, an individual and unique strength that makes her who she is. The Super STEM Girl conference is designed to help each girl discover what her distinctive strengths are and to help her gain confidence in her very own Super Powers. Recognizing she is capable and cultivating her strengths is extremely important to her future success.

Please visit the Center for New Direction’ Super STEM Girl website (https://www.isu.edu/stemgirls/ for more information about the Super Power Exploration activities. The dynamic finale of the day will be the Super Power Showcase where successful women in STEM fields, dressed in their occupational attire, are interviewed by popular local DJ’s about the SUPER POWERS they have developed in order to become super successful in their careers.

Interested Sidekicks (parents) and their Super STEM Girl must contact their school counselor, as there is a limit of attendees for each school. Pre-Registration is required and there is a conference registration fee of $10 per student, parent, teacher, and counselor.

The Super STEM Girls conference is designed to educate Eighth grade students and their parents about opportunities in STEM careers where women are predominantly under-represented in spite of the fact that these occupations are often very high-paying and in high demand. Secondary female students often choose not to take the classes that lead to careers in STEM for a variety of reasons. This conference hopes to break through some of those barriers as students learn about and gain confidence in their very own Super Powers.

Contact the Center for New Directions at 208-282-2454 or visit the website at www.isu.edu/cnd for more information.