Feb 04, 2008

Seagate and AAUW Invite Middle-School Girls to 'Expand Their Horizons' at EYH Conference, February 23, 2008 at CU-Boulder

LONGMONT, Colo. - All Colorado middle-school girls: Find out what it’s like to be a veterinarian, an astronomer – even a crime scene investigator. Conduct cool experiments with your friends, and win prizes! Seagate Technology and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) invite you to attend the 2008 Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conference on Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the University of Colorado – Boulder Engineering Center.

The event, sponsored by Seagate and hosted by the Boulder Branch of the AAUW and the Boulder Latina Women’s League, is open to girls in grades 6 through 8. The conference features hands-on science workshops led by women working in science, math and technology fields, including several engineers and scientists from Seagate, The National Center for Atmospheric Research, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, CU-Boulder’s departments of Aerospace, Biochemistry, Anthropology and Mechanical Engineering and the university’s Fisk Planetarium; the Denver Zoo; the Boulder Police Department and Denver County Coroner’s office. Workshop activities include: working magic with nitrogen, building a hard drive, exploring the stars, constructing DNA necklaces, and much more.

In addition, parents are invited to attend the EYH Parents’ Program on that day. The program offers strategies for supporting their daughters’ academic success and paying for college tuition. All middle-school science teachers are also invited, with an added incentive for high student attendance. Teachers with the highest number of students attending have an opportunity to earn a $100 gift certificate for classroom supplies and equipment from the Carolina Biological Supply Company.

For the past 12 years, the Boulder Branch of the AAUW has been organizing and sponsoring the Expanding Your Horizons Conference. “We’re very pleased to be joining forces with the Boulder County Latina Women's League and Seagate Technology, to once again offer this event to middle-school girls, supporting our mission of promoting education and equity for women and girls,” said AAUW member Mary Hassler.

As corporate sponsor of EYH, Seagate provides funding to the organization, as well as intellectual resources, in the form of science workshop kits designed by Seagate engineers and scientists in the U.S. and Northern Ireland. These kits are available to EYH conference leaders around the world. In addition, Seagate women engineers are leading science workshops at EYH conferences in the U.S. and the U.K.

“As a technology leader and a good corporate citizen, Seagate is committed on a global scale to supporting education in math and science in its communities,” said Andy Davis, vice president of design at Seagate. “By supporting EYH, we hope to help cultivate the next generation of women engineers and scientists.”

Registration is $10 for the conference and $12 for Parents’ Program. Both include lunch. Event fee scholarships are available. To register online, visit http://www.coaauw.org/boulder-eyh/registration.html. For more information and for paper registration, contact Mary Hassler at maryh2@ix.netcom.com or 303-448-9669. Registration deadline is Feb. 19.

About EYH
EYH is an international non-profit organization committed to promoting the continuing development in mathematics and science among all people, with a particular emphasis on the needs of women and girls. Conferences are designed to nurture girls' interest in science and math courses and to encourage them to consider science and math-based career options such as engineering, computer science and physical science.

About AAUW
For more than 125 years, the AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW comprises two corporations: the Association and the AAUW Educational Foundation. The Foundation provides funds to advance education, research and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive societal change. To learn more, visit: http://www.aauw.org/. For information about the Boulder Branch of the AAUW, visit http://www.coaauw.org/boulder.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide-range of applications, including Enterprise, Desktop, Mobile Computing, Consumer Electronics and Branded Solutions. Seagate’s business model leverages technology leadership and world-class manufacturing to deliver industry-leading innovation and quality to its global customers, with the goal of being the low cost producer in all markets in which it participates. The company is committed to providing award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world’s growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

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