Day of exploration engages girls interested in science, technology to learn more about future STEM-related careers
Director of Public Relations
FISHERS, Ind. (Monday, Feb. 23, 2015/Conner Prairie) – In today's workforce, women hold 57 percent of the nation's bachelor's degrees and more than 60 percent of master's degrees but remain greatly under-represented in the science and engineering fields. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women are working less than a quarter of the nation’s science and engineering jobs.
To help change those numbers, Conner Prairie is partnering with Women & Hi Tech to again host Passport to Hi-Tech, a Roche-sponsored program that encourages girls ages 7-12 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
More than 1,200 girls are expected at the 10 a.m.-4 p.m. event March 7. Free for museum members, admission is $6 for non-member Girl Scouts in uniform and their family members. General admission for non-members is $8.
Girls can participate in hands-on experiments and interactive exhibits throughout the day and explore biology, chemistry, engineering, manufacturing, computer science and other disciplines.
At 11 stations located throughout the museum’s Welcome Center, 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.
Special presentations from local professionals will include Angela Freeman, intellectual property associate at Barnes and Thornburg; Maria Blanco, director of discovery chemistry research and technologies at Lilly; Tiffany Trusty, president of Trusty WebDev; and Barb Alder, director of Purdue University’s Office of Engagement.
Technology hosts include Roche, Cummins, Rolls Royce, Garrity Tool, Dow AgroScience, Raidious, IndianaFirst Robotics, Create and Play, Society for Women Engineers, IUPUI School of Computing and Informatics and Six Feet Up. Education hosts are Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis School of Engineering and Technology, Purdue University, Butler University, Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College and Saint Mary-of-the Woods College.
Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park located in Fishers, Ind., welcomes more than 340,000 guests of all ages annually. Five outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces combine history with science, technology, engineering and math and offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.
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Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its 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 experiencing. 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 only 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 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.