Kaycee Middle School Girls to Join 700 Others at Women in Science Conference

Jessica Friis, a horticulturalist for the Paul Smith Children’s Village at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, watches two Douglas Middle School students during her “Hydroponic Plant” course at last year’s Women in Science Conference. About 700 female high school and middle school students are expected to attend this year’s event at UW. (Photo courtesy UW)
Jessica Friis, a horticulturalist for the Paul Smith Children’s Village at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, watches two Douglas Middle School students during her “Hydroponic Plant” course at last year’s Women in Science Conference. About 700 female high school and middle school students are expected to attend this year’s event at UW. (Photo courtesy UW)

On May 14, close to 700 female middle and high school students from across Wyoming will meet at the University of Wyoming for a program specifically designed to help female students realize that a career in science or engineering is a viable option. Michele Turner, program coordinator for the Wyoming NASA Space Consortium, explains what the Women in Science Conference is all about.

Students from Kaycee Middle School will join fellow female students from 25 other schools and 19 communities in Wyoming. Turner says the conference that's organized by the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, aims at boosting girls' confidence in their capabilities in the STEM fields, including science, technology, engineering and math.

Some of the Kaycee girls will be attending workshops offered throughout the day, with the opportunity to meet many women who Turner hopes might serve as their positive role models.

Current faculty and students at the University of Wyoming will be joined by women who work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Denver Zoo, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Draper Museum of Natural History, to name a few.

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