Math and Science Matter, Especially for Young Women

Math & Science Matter ... Especially for Young Women

Workshops for Girls in grades 5-8

Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

(snow date Saturday, March 22)

Click here to register.

Allyn J. Washington Center for Science and Art
(Program begins in Drumlin Hall, North Cafeteria)
Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie

This innovative Dutchess Community College program, now in its 18th year, introduces girls to opportunities in historically male-dominated fields. The program is open to girls in fifth through eighth grades; there is a $10 registration fee and online preregistration is required.

The program offers hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and math developed by DCC faculty and designed to engage young women and encourage them to explore career opportunities in those fields. Students can be actively involved in hands-on experiments, discovering the worlds of geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, and more.

Students will have to opportunity to listen to a speaker, which begins promptly at 9:00 a.m., followed by attending three different workshops at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and noon.

There are 19 different workshops in all, each lasting 50 minutes. Students select their three workshops on a first-come, first-served basis during online registration. All the girls will be together for the opening hour, which will feature an address by geneticist and molecular biologist Dr. Lori Morton, who is a scientist at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Westchester County.

Participating faculty come from the DCC Departments of Mathematics, Physical and Computer Sciences; HGE (History, Government and Economics); ENACT (Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences); Allied Health and Biological Sciences; Performing, Visual Arts and Communications; and Academic Services.

The program includes three optional workshops for parents (no registration needed for parent workshops):

10:00 a.m.:  “College Prep for Parents” (Michael Roe, DCC Associate Dean of Student Services, Enrollment Management)

11:00 a.m.:  “It’s Not Your Mother’s Library: Web Resources & Databases at the Ritz Library” (Tom Trinchera, DCC Reference Librarian)

12:00 p.m.:  “The Mystery of Financial Aid” (Sue Mead, DCC Director of Financial Aid)

Parent workshops are free and pre-registration is not required.

Girls should be dropped off at 8:45 a.m. They should go directly to the Drumlin Hall cafeteria for check-in. Parents can come with the girls to the cafeteria to listen to the speaker if they are interested.

Registration will open on January 20. Click on the links at left to view schedules and workshop descriptions, and to register. Space is limited; early registration is recommended. The registration fee of $10 for the entire morning is payable online by credit or debit card. 

  • Due to room capacities and fire regulations, adults will not be permitted to accompany students into the workshops.
  • Event check-in is 8:45 am in Drumlin Hall cafeteria on the DCC main campus.
  • A campus map can be found here.
  • If students are being dropped off, they must be picked up by 12:40 p.m. in the lobby of Washington Hall. Pickup and drop off will be at the circle between Washington Hall and CBI.
  • Parents wishing to stay may attend parent workshops or wait in the parents' lounge on the first floor of Washington Hall, W126.
  • Parking is available in Lot D off Cottage Road. 
  • If you don't feel that your daughter is ready to move from classroom to classroom within the building on her own, then you may want to consider waiting one more year before attending. The event is designed for girls in fifth through eighth grade.

For more information, contact Tony Zito at (845) 431-8545 or