Science Symposium for Girls

Sacred Hearts Academy presents its Annual Science Symposium for Girls sponsored by Bank of Hawaii on Saturday, March 3 from 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. The Symposium, free and open to girls in grades 5 through 8, will be conducted on the Academy campus, 3253 Waialae Avenue.

The Science Symposium's featured speaker is Donna McAleer, award-winning author of "Porcelain on Steel - Women of West Point's Long Gray Line." Donna McAleer graduated from West Point in 1987 and served as an Army officer in a variety of leadership positions in Germany. McAleer left military service in 1991 to pursue a MBA at the Darden Graduate School of the University of Virginia and a career in the private sector. She has worked in corporate strategic consulting, global logistics, and healthcare with roles in public, private and non-profit corporations. In 2002, she pursued a unique opportunity to represent the United States in the Winter Olympic Games in the medal debut of Women's Bobsled. As a bobsled driver, she finished fourth in Olympic trials missing the Olympic team by only two spots.

McAleer will address girls and parents in the Symposium's opening presentation relating how she overcame career obstacles, developed leadership skills, and broke boundaries to achieve success. She will illustrate how science is used in daily life. Following the keynote, girls will attend hands-on workshops, while parents participate in a "For Parents Only" session with McAleer. Parents will learn techniques for encouraging their daughters to overcome hurdles and achieve their dreams.

The morning program consists of fun, hands-on workshops facilitated by local professionals. Workshop leaders include a nutrition educator, Tripler Army medical doctor with a specialty in obstetrics and gynecology, and a maritime archaeologist. Students select two sessions, from the menu of eighteen interesting workshops, allowing them to freely explore exciting topics and potential future careers.

The program is an outstanding opportunity to inform young girls on exciting and dynamic careers available to women in the fields of math, science, engineering and technology. This always popular Symposium, drawing over 400 girls and 200 parents from throughout Oahu every year, encourages girls to dream big.

To register for the free Science Symposium, go to Sacred Hearts' website or call 734-5058, x262.

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