Pass area girls attend Math and Science Conference at MSJC

More than 300 Banning/Beaumont 8th grade girls attended the Jan. 11 conference organized by the American Association of University Women 
 
Lara Beck pulled on protective gloves and carefully swabbed the red splatters on the legs of a pair of jean to test if the marks were blood.
 
Results? Positive.
 
The 13-year-old was among 300 8th-grade girls from Banning and Beaumont schools who attended the annual Math & Science Conference on Jan. 11 at Mt. San Jacinto College. The event, organized by the American Association of University Women, highlights careers in math and science and encourages the young students to continue their math and science studies into high school.
 
Lara, who participated in a workshop that simulated the work of forensic scientists, said the field is her dream career.
 
“This is really cool,” Lara, a Mt. View Middle School student, said of the conference. “I like to study these things and look at evidence and solve stuff.”
 
Other hands-on workshops for the youngsters included animal behavior, biology, emergency medical services seismology and computer science. Dr. Lynne Kennedy, Banning’s superintendent of schools, and Dr. Barry Kayrell, the superintendent of Beaumont schools, attended the event, along with MSJC Board President Eugene Kadow and his wife Ronna.
 
Gabriela Perez and Pang Kou Vang got closer to ask emergency medical technician Jon West details about how a heart monitor works. The Nicolet Middle School students said the conference gave them ideas about the jobs they could consider in the future.
 
“I get to learn more about medical stuff,” Pang said. “I actually want to become a doctor. I want to help people.”
 
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left to right: Jon West, emergency medical technician with AMR, explains details of a
heart monitor to Nicolet Middle School students Gabriela Perez and Pang Kou Vang.
 
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Lara Beck of Mt. View Middle School participates in a forensics
workshop during the annual Math & Science Conference at
Mt. San Jacinto College. The annual event is organized by
the American Association of University Women.
 
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Pass area students gather around Jon West of AMR for a presentation on emergency medical
services during the annual Math & Science Conference for 8th grade Girls at Mt. San Jacinto College.
 
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left to right: Klarissa Anderson, Izabell Arias and Geraldine Leal, Mt. View Middle School students, share
a moment of excitement as they prepare to hear speakers during the annual Math & Science Conference
for 8th grade Girls. The event is hosted by Mt. San Jacinto College and organized by the American Association
of University Women.