STEM Pathways for Girls: STEM Conference and Workshops
An inspiring monthly program dedicated for girls in 5th-8th grade from the seven counties and pueblos of Northern New Mexico. The program kicks off with an inspiring one-day conference for 200 girls usually on a Saturday in October/November. The conference is followed by 6 monthly in-depth workshops led by women in STEM.
Our goal: targeted approach to keep girls engaged in their STEM education while providing a local support system of like-minded friends and STEM women role models.
In this unconventional year, our 2020 conference was virtual and spanned the whole weekend of November 13-15.
At the annual day-long conference, Formerly known as Santa Fe Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), 200 girls in 5th-8th grade get to attend a keynote address, hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) led by women professionals, and a STEAM and College Fair. The girls get a chance to meet STEM role models and expand their knowledge of what STEM careers are all about.
In 2019-2020, we held a successful conference for 146 girls followed by six successful workshops with the last two being virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic. The conference featured 11 workshops, a STEAM and College careers fair, and a keynote address by Erica Velarde, a New Mexico licensed Professional Engineer. Thanks to our partnership with Santa Fe Community College and our Fall 2019 conference sponsors.
In 2018-2019, we held a successful conference for 162 girls followed by 4 monthly STEM workshops. The conference featured 16 workshops, a STEM and College careers fair, and a keynote address by Dr. France A. Córdova, an astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). This was our first year implementing follow up workshops and they were very much in demand.
STEM Santa Fe’s 2017 Expanding Your Horizons Conference was attended by 165 fifth through eighth grade girls. This conference featured 16 workshops, a STEM and college careers fair, and a keynote address by Jessica Perea Houston, Associate Professor in the Chemical and Materials Engineering department at New Mexico State University.
Saturday October 15, 2016 conference was attended by 168 girls in 5th to 8th grade from Northern New Mexico. The program included a keynote address by Dr. Sara Del Valle, an applied mathematician working at LANL, 12 STEM workshops and a STEM and College Fair.