Expanding Your Horizons is a series of conferences for girls with workshops in science, technology, engineering and math (also known as STEM). EYH’s goal is to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers. Scientists and other educators lead fun hands-on experiments and learning exercises on topics like marine biology, scientific illustration, space and entomology. Last year’s session on insects (entomology is the study of insects) was one of our favorites!
Expanding Your Horizons runs conferences throughout the year, all over the U.S. Check out their schedule to find one near you and sign up.
Here’s a story from the New York Times about Natalie Portman, the actress you may remember as Princess Amidala from Star Wars Episodes I, II and III. Apparently she was quite the kid scientist in high school; she was a semifinalist in the national Intel Science Talent search!
Portman is 29 years old now and is about to have a baby of her own. Last night she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, playing a ballerina in a film called “Black Swan”. This just goes to show that you don’t have to choose between being a princess, a ballerina, or a scientist — you can be all three if you want!
One of our favorite shows is Mythbusters on The Discovery Channel. If you haven’t seen it, the guys (and Kari!) test a few urban myths and legends each week (like, would a house full of exploding popcorn make the windows bust out?) and proclaim them “Confirmed” or “Busted”. If you don’t get The Discovery Channel, you can see some videos here.