Hands On experiences were the most popular

Feature Photo: From left, Sky Matt, Taryn Seabolt and Sierra Stalford of Dubois participated in today's Women in Science event at Central Wyoming College. (Pitchengine Communities) (Riverton, Wyo.) - Dubois High School's Sky Matt said she was thrilled that today's Women in Science Conference in Riverton was a "hands on" event. "We had a chance to get involved with things here, and I especially enjoyed the paleontology session," she said. Matt, and 230 other girls in grades 7 through 12 from eight different schools in the Wind River and Big Horn basins gathered at the Riverton campus today for the annual conference, sponsored by the National Weather Service and Central Wyoming College. [image: Inline image 1] *Girls paid close attention to a crime scene investigation presentation by the FBI (Pitchengine Communities) * "Today is about showing the girls opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, said Katy Branham, a meteorologist at the NWS, who organized the event. "We have 10 speakers throughout the day and each girl goes to three different sessions. Topics covered during the day include Meteorology, Veterinary Science, Wildlife CSI by the Game and Fish, the Department of Agricultures food inspection service, the Wyoming Dinosaur Center on Paleontology, the City of Riverton, Bureau of Indian Affairs firefighting, the Wyoming State Crime Lab, the FBI, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Department and an Architect. [image: Inline image 2] *The Wyoming Game and Fish had individual handouts on many career opportunities for women. (Pitchengine Communities) * Sierra Stalford and Taryn Seabolt, both from Dubois, agreed with Matt that the hands-on workshops were great. "I didn't realize we'd be dissecting hearts," said Seabolt, who also has an interest in paleontology. At one session, students compared the sizes of animal's hearts, with beef, lamb and pig hearts that were dissected, plus several other organs. Stalford said she likes the forensics end of science, and enjoyed seeing what the professional women did. All three Dubois students said they were glad they came to the event. Schools participating today included middle and high school girls from Powell, Riverside, Riverton, Wyoming Indian, Dubois, Lander, Pathfinder (Lander), and the Western Heritage Lutheran Academy (Riverton). #county10 #news