April 15th, 2016
9am – 2pm
Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Look Into Your Future.
Reach for the Stars.

The Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative Annual Conference invites STEM professionals, educators, and outreach leaders to help promote our mission to increase the number of women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


When our girls enter STEM careers they benefit economically and so do the economies of our communities and our state. STEM jobs are rapidly increasing, but Kentucky and the United States will not have enough workers to fill our science and engineering jobs if we do not help our girls understand that these careers are accessible and enjoyable.


After this conference, we hope that you will join us in other Collaborative events aimed to help our girls join the ranks of scientists and engineers across our state and enrich their lives and the lives of others.



Friday, April 15th, 2016
9am – 2pm


East Kentucky Science Center & Planetarium
1 Bert Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Morning Session

9am Welcome & Introduction

Keynote Presentation:
Melinda Curless, STEM Initiatives Consultant,
KY Dept. of Education

9:45am Keynote Presentation:NASA_logo.svg
Tracie Prater, Ph.D., Aerospace Engineer,
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center,
Materials and Processes Laboratory
10:25am BREAK
10:35am Ladies in STEM Panel Discussion:

LaTracia Burchett, Early College Academy, BSCTC, UK Chemical Engineering Major
Joslyn Issac, Early College Academy, BSCTC, UK Biology Major
Aida Bermudez, Hummel Planetarium Educator
Molly Frank, UPike Biology Major
Dr. Sammie Gibson, OBGYN
Anne Koontz, Alltech Research Scientist
Ariana Velasquez, STEM Student

11:25am LUNCH
Afternoon Session (Adults)

12:05pm STEM Discussion Panel
12:40pm BREAK
12:50pm Presentations:
Challenger Center of Hazard: Robotics Competitions and Your School
STEM in 4-H
Million Women Mentors
1:40pm Planetarium Show:  Solar Quest
Afternoon Session (Students)

12:05pm EKSC Classroom:
Phun Physics
12:45pm Planetarium Show: To Space and Back; Laser ElectroPop
1:25pm EKSC Classroom:


The conference will begin:

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