Expanding your Horizons

Innovation Conference for Middle School Girls- STEM Research in Action

Stem for girls ages 11-14

For Students, Teachers and Researchers

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About the Program:  

STEM is the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics integrated into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. Science related fields (STEM) play an increasingly important role in addressing critical needs of society and generating innovation that drives the global economy.

STEM is a unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking K-12 students who will evolve into our next generation of innovators, engineers, doctors, software developers, mathematicians, and physicists. According to Ban Ki-Moon, the immediate past United Nations Secretary-General, stated that “Investing in female education is likely to prevent inter-generational cycles of poverty and yield high economic and societal returns.” As scientific and technological requirements grow, the trends indicate increasing feminization of poverty in women.  Globally, most in demand careers require mastery of STEM related initiatives. STEM presents an invaluable opportunity for curious and high-achieving students to explore the frontiers of 21st century science and technology. In this program we insist on four components:  communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, these  provides students with the ability to compete in a new global economy  rich in STEM skills and opportunities.

To kick off the program will start with a 1 day conference  (May 9th, 2017 ) for middle school girls, focusing on a multidisciplinary curriculum designed to help students find their passion through hands-on activities in app design, robotics, medicine, civil engineering,  building your own DNA and much more. 

About the Conference:

Duke-UNCS –UNC Chapel Hill “Expanding your Horizons” (EYH) Conference is a collaborative community outreach effort hosted by SSRI- REDY at Duke University to inspire math and science exploration in middle school girls. The EYH spring event at Duke University offers memorable interactive experiences, visible female role models in STEM fields and exposure to different career paths in STEM for girls; ages 11-14. The girls take part in three workshop sessions, on app design, robotic and civil/biomedical engineering and veterinary medicine, biomedical engineering and food science. Each   fun-filled workshop is  led by successful women professionals from industry, as well as professors and college students; all who volunteer their time and creative talents to provide a day of learning and excitement.

  • Objective: To inspire and to boost confidence of middle school girls to pursue coursework that will lead them to consider science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as future careers.

  • Mission: To re-energize, revitalize and refocus attention, interest and understanding of the embedded importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to life long learning and success.

  • Vision: To help girls envision their future as women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, as well as increase the number  of underrepresented  girls pursuing STEM related careers.

  • Strategy: Private-Public Partnership


Middle School Girls enthusiasts, Science, Technology, Math, Engineering, Veterinary Teachers and Scholars


Conference featuring hands on workshop plus engaging activities used in classrooms to meet the new standards. Featuring:

  • A roundtable session
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Activities teachers can use in classroom to engage students

When and Where:

May 9th, 2017, 4:30pm-8:30pm

Duke University, Erwin Mill Building- Bay A 103


Registration/Information Desk

Topic: Engineering Lab: Critical thinking in  Engineering World and Applied problem solving activities
Dr. Laura Bottomley, Director of Outreach: The Engineering Place, NCSU

Topic: Fun with DNA extraction and genetic engineering: Epithelial-Mesenchymal transition (EMT)
Dr. Lola Reid, Professor, School of Medicine,  Department of  Cell Biology and Physiology- UNC-CH. 

Explore ways to stimulate student curiosity, increase student engagement, develop thinking skills, and implement inquiry-based methods that build their basics understanding of life, cell biology, biotechnology, bioinformatics, and the breakthroughs that are changing biology and medicine right now. Learn novel ways that integrates biochemical and computer methods used to analyze the genetic component of living things. Implementing a collection of genomic analysis techniques and introduce students to modern genomic analysis.

Expand your Horizon: Inspiring hearts and Developing Minds

Invaluable opportunity for curious and high-achieving students to explore some of the exciting programs designed to inspire the next generation of thinkers and makers.

Conference organized by Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and NCSU​

Sponsored by Provost Office Duke University, Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies Duke University, School of Engineering Duke University etc….

Participants, please check in at the registration desk.

Contact: Lindah Mhando, Ph.D. (919) 681-4976. Duke University.