Students work on creating a bi-pedal animation during the Palos-Orland Branch of the American Association of University Women’s sixth annual Math/Science for Fifth-Grade Girls conference at Moraine Valley Community College. | Supplied Photo
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:10AM
The Palos-Orland Branch of the American Association of University Women recently sponsored its sixth annual Math/Science for Fifth-Grade Girls conference at Moraine Valley Community College.
The event was geared toward helping local fifth-grade girls learn about math and science career options for women.
Keynote speaker Kristene Henne, postdoctoral program co-coordinator for Argonne National Laboratory, spoke about her career path during a lecture titled “The Accidental Scientist: How I Got Here and What I Learned Along the Way.” Henne encouraged the 67 girls in attendance to follow their interest in mathematics and science.
Other speakers included Golden Apple Fellow Linda Newman, Michelle Gattusa, Sandburg High School science teacher; Sandburg students from Mu Alpha Theta; and Suzanne Ritzler, an attorney who advised future entrepreneurs.
Other speakers included Angela Spyropoulis, a 3-D animation instructor; Sneha Srivastava, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy; architects Emily Catacchio, Marisa Zambuto and others from Wight and Co.; Jenny Villanueva-Ortiz, a CAD designer for ATI Fabricated; and Joelle Walker, a mechanical project engineer for Triangle Package Machinery.