Event gives girls chance to engage female career professionals, explore careers in STEM-related industries


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

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    FISHERS, Ind. (Thursday, March 2, 2017/Conner Prairie) – More than 1,500 girls can engage female science and technology professionals and participate in a host of STEM-related activities March 18 at the fourth annual Passport to Hi-Tech, a partnership between Conner Prairie and Women & Hi Tech sponsored by Roche Diagnostics.

    Passport to Hi-Tech is for girls ages 7 to 12 interested about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Conner Prairie, located at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, Ind. Free for museum members, general admission is $8. Admission for area Girl Scouts in uniform is $6.

    Girls can participate in hands-on, interactive experiences throughout the day and explore biology, chemistry, engineering, manufacturing, computer science and other disciplines. At various stations, girls can engage with female experts and professionals working in STEM-related fields and ask questions, help with hands-on experiments, participate in interactive tasks and learn more about careers. Girls will have their passports stamped after visiting each station, helping them decide what fields they found most interesting.

    Purdue University alumna and HI-SEAS chief scientist Jocelyn Dunn will share her story of living in a simulated Mars environment in Hawaii. Lilly will present vibrant chemistry demonstrations throughout the day.

    Passport to Hi-Tech supported by technology hosts Roche Diagnostics, Dow AgroScience, Eleven Fifty Academy, CE Solutions, Rolls-Royce, Cummins, Lilly, United States Department of Agriculture, Citizens Energy Group, Indesign, Conexus Indiana, Praxair Surface Technologies, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.

    Educational hosts include Purdue University, Indiana University, Butler University, Marian University, Ivy Tech School of Technology, Indiana State University, Anderson University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

    Program hosts include Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, STEM Scouts, First Maker Space, Video Game Palooza, Engineering for Kids, Starbase Indiana, Link Observatory, the STEM Connection, Codelicious, Health and Science Innovations and TechPoint Foundation for Youth.

    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.