Registration for the 2020 EYH Conference is Closed. Join us next year!

This years conference was held in collaboration with Motlow, NIMBioS at University of TN Knoxville, Vol State, and Walters State.


This year's conference will be held virtually. See Schedule below for more information.

Schedule (Registration required to attend)

EYH Schedule Times
Campus Welcomes 8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
High School Panel Discussion: Women in Biology 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Session 1

3D Printing Workshop

Through this workshop, students gain a basic understanding of 3D  printing technology and the fundamentals of 3D modeling with various CAD software.

Anatomy of Electricity

Lets look at the anatomy of a home electrical distribution system. We will have the students do simple load calculations to see how much power their home consumes. Then we will add a power wall and some green energy to see how they can impact the environment in a positive way.

Concrete is Lean, Mean and Green

Concrete is Lean, Mean, and Green - Concrete is the second most utilized material in the world next to water and has adapted over time to meet the needs of engineers, construction professionals, and consumers while addressing many of today's environmental concerns. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about many famous concrete structures in the world and how you can make and design concrete for everything from a driveway to a 90 story building. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about concrete mixing and mix design as we compare the process to that of baking a cake!

Exploring the Brain - Learning & Memory

In this workshop we will discuss the many important jobs of the brain. Using models and sheep brain dissection, we will identify where in the brain some of these jobs are carried out. Finally, we will learn how the cells of the brain help us to learn new things and gain memories.

Introduction to Nanoparticles

Introduction to Nanoparticles will focus on the synthesis of nanoparticles, means of analysis and a discussion of application. Students will be exposed to the experimental synthesis of gold nanoparticles through citrate reduction and analysis via UVVis and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). This class will be a combination of an in-lab Zoom experiment, screen-sharing slide shows for background information, and real-time TEM analysis with an expert. Students should gain a solid foundation to the nanomaterials world from this experience.

Strawberry DNA

Have you ever wondered what DNA looks like? Our Strawberry DNA Extraction workshop will allow the participants to observe what DNA looks like to the human eye. The girls can then do this experiment at home for their friends and family. DNA extraction is used in numerous scientific fields and is an essential tool in the geneticist toolbox. This workshop will allow the girls to be exposed to different types of genetics career options.

You and Your Future in Data Science

Data Science is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing and innovative fields and career paths for those that like data and problem-solving. This workshops will cover why Data Science will be in your future, what the future trends are in this field, and a hands-on demonstration will be given to show the power of using data to make predictions with an example where the use of publicly available data can help predict where future burglaries will be in Murfreesboro. After this workshop and demonstration, you will understand what it truly takes to be the next data scientist.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Session 2

Adventures in Energy - How can you challenge yourself and change the world.

A career in STEM - What it really looks like versus what you think it is or have been told.

Curds and Whey: The Science of Turning Milk into Cheese

Curds and Whey: The Science of Turning Milk into Cheese This workshop will introduce students to the delicious science of milk and dairy products. Topics covered will include the composition and nutritional value of milk and dairy products as well as dairy production and processing (from grass to glass!). The hands-on-activity will demonstrate the process of transforming milk into cheese using fermentation and enzymes. Students will also be provided with a list of supplies, step-by-step instructions and a few recipes to practice their cheesemaking skills at home!

It's so easy! and you can do it without a calculator

Math mental calculation skills

Materials Science

Materials Science - our everyday life. Do you want to be involved in creating and improving things we use everyday such as our phones, clothing, toys, cars, furniture, food packaging, medical treatment, and many more? Then you need to look closely into materials science. Attend this workshop to learn how materials scientists create new things and improve our world. Another cool thing is that you can do materials science as a Scientist or as an Engineer. 

Those Menacing Microbes

In this workshop the girls learn different techniques used by microbiologists to learn about the important disease-causing microorganisms in the body. Dr. Farone and her assistants will sample their own 'tooth gunk' and stain to observe the thousands of microbes present on just a small part of their tooth surface. She will also demonstrate how microbiologists used specialized growth media to help them to 'see' the invisible world of microbes.

Virtual Lab Experience!

Schneider Electric designs and creates circuit breakers, which keep electricity safe in houses, factories, hospitals, and more! The new Masterpact MTZ breaker can be connected to a smartphone and operated remotely, so that we keep electricians safe. In this live demo, participants will get a virtual look into Schneider Electric's Innovation Lab! They will be able to see brand new technology, and a free app can be downloaded so that they can try out some of the demo for themselves!

Wonders of the Mind

Students will learn about the different areas of Psychology and various career options. Through hands-on activities, we will explore topics such as sensation and perception (do You see what I see), memory (can you remember something that did not happen-false memory), and problem solving. 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Keynote 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Lunch Break  12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Session 3

Egg Drop Event

Participants (girl scouts) will use the provided supplies including balsa wood sticks, masking tape and rubber bands to build a cage and place an egg in it. They will make a a thin plastic parachute and attach it to the cage/egg unit. They will aim and drop the whole assembly from a certain height above the ground so that it lands on the target placed on the ground. This event will promote team work, innovative thinking and comradery among the girl scouts while having fun. 

FLY! Flappy Bird FLY!

Learn how to code a computer game! We will all code the game Flappy Bird! Make Him Fly, Make Him Crash, Make Him Swim, Make Him Make Weird Noises! Fun! Fun! Fun!

Introduction to Machine Learning

Introduction to Machine Learning will introduce girls to the concept of Machine Learning, help them realise that they already interact daily with devices or platforms powered by machine (e.g. Amazon's Alexa, Youtube suggestions, Spotify mixtapes) and take a peak into how such systems are made. The first session will be geared towards middle school students and will involve them create their own machine learning models and use them in fun Scratch projects! We would be using both Scratch and the platform Machine Learning for Kids. The girls will get to choose from a variety of projects based on their interest while understanding better Machine Learning. The second session is geared towards high school students and will involve them using machine learning models using a more traditional programming language like Matlab but with a kid-focused exercise/project. They will get to test the models on typical household objects like fruits and will learn about different classic machine learning models and some examples of how to use them. The goal of these workshops is to get the girls interested in the booming field of Machine Learning, understanding ot enough to further explore on their own. To work along in this session, you will need a laptop/desktop computer with Wifi and a webcam, Google Chrome browser, a Mathworks account and an object e.g. fruit.

Microscopic Science and Art

Patterns exist in nature and the designer’s world. Under microscopes, a pattern is also the focus of a sophisticated yet interesting scientific subject for polymer scientists. This subject of study is called polymer morphology, also a subject of polymer physics and material science. Polymer morphology explores the details of structures and patterns in polymer systems, the hierarchical levels (i.e., from the atomic level to macroscopic level) of these structures and patterns, as well as the response and alternation of these structures and patterns under external stimuli (temperature, force, etc.). In this mini-workshop, different types of microscopes and their applications will be briefly introduced. Microscopic images of real polymer systems will be used as a source of inspiration for students to perform artistic design by using different methods including but not limited to computer software.

Women in Pharmacy

At the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, we are a field deep in STEM involvement with several research projects on campus and room to expand on the career of pharmacy as a whole. Our panel will discuss our individual paths to pharmacy as well as all the options for the profession. Most people tend to look at a pharmacist as someone behind the drug counter, but few people know all the new opportunities in hospitals and clinics across the country! 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


2020 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mary Farone

Keynote Speaker 2019Dr. Mary Farone is a Kentucky native.  In high school, she was part of her school Science Club where she discovered her passion for science.  She attended college at Thomas More University in Kentucky where she majored in Biology.  In her junior and senior years of college, she spent six weeks at her university’s field station on the Ohio River studying fish and invertebrate populations.  It was there that she developed an interest in microscopic organisms.  She went on to receive her Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology at Miami University in Oxford, OH where she studied viruses.  She continued research at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA exploring genetic changes in the lungs in response to bacterial and viral infections.  Dr. Farone moved to Murfreesboro, TN in 1995 and joined the MTSU Biology faculty in 1996.  She teaches courses in Microbiology and her research explores the interactions of bacterial pathogens with host cells.  She is also interested in the development of novel therapeutics to treat microbial infections.  Her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Farone has also been a middle school Science Olympiad coach for the past 15 years.  This past August, she received the MTSU Career Achievement Award for her efforts in teaching, research, and service to her profession and the community.

Read about Dr. Farone 

2020 EYH High School Panel Discussion: Women in Biology

Speaker information coming soon.





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