BRIDGEPORT – Some 125 seventh-grade girls from across Central and Western Connecticut assembled at Housatonic Community College Tuesday, March 18, for the seventh annual Girls and Technology Exposition Connecticut State Comptroller Nancy Wyman told the students that, today, career opportunities abound for woman. “You can do anything you want,” she said. “The question is what field you want to choose.”

The Girls and Technology Expo, structured like a professional conference, should help the seventh-grade girls attending the conference answer that question. At the event, the students received day-long exposure to the use of technology in a wide variety of fields, attending Wyman’s keynote speech, a wide variety of workshops and exhibits that show technology in action.

Attending the event were students from Bridgeport, Shelton, Stamford, Stratford and Trumbull. The students attended workshops on Wave Machines – A study of density, conducted by Pfizer, Inc. scientists Janet Houser, L. Dean Kendall, Elizabeth Groeber, and Katie Launer-Felty of the Global Research and Development Division; the Mystery of DNA, conducted by HCC professor Sandra Barnes and peer tutor and student Arian Pagan; Web Design, conducted by HCC Director of Distance Learning Laurel Quinones and Education Technology Specialist Jose Labrador; Microscopes and the Art of Blood Cells; conducted by HCC professor Kathleen A. Van Cleef-Toedt and Science Laboratory Coordinator Norma Quinn;and Gunshot Residue and Light Source for Evidence Collection, conducted by State Police Detectives Michele Smith and Karoline Keith.

In addition, students had the opportunity to view exhibits drawn from technology-based fields. Exhibitors included Alloy Engineering Company; Aquarion Water Company; Barnum Museum; Beardsley Zoo; Bridgeport Public Library; Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, Commercial Vehicle Safety Division; Connecticut State Police; Discovery Museum; Housatonic Community College, Continuing Education Division; Connecticut Secretary of the State’s Office (electronic voting machine); Schwerdtle Stamp Company; Sikorsky Aircraft; Trumpf Laser and Watertown FIRST Robot.

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Nancy Wyman and students