INL to host eighth-grade girls for annual event


Idaho National Laboratory is hosting an event Friday for eighth-grade girls interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or math.

The 11th annual My Amazing Future event features 15 sessions, giving girls the chance to explore topics such as DNA extraction from a strawberry, cybersecurity, radioisotope thermoelectric generators and hands-on chemistry. The girls will have the opportunity to interact with INL researchers, engineers and scientists. Most of the event’s presenters are women, a promotional video said.

The keynote speaker at lunch will be Malin Young, the deputy director for Science and Technology at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. There, she is “responsible for integrating PNNL’s science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment and national security,” INL said in a news release.

“My Amazing Future is an opportunity to show young women that the STEM subjects are interesting and exciting, but also that they can provide the foundation for a great career,” INL Laboratory Director Mark Peters said in the release. “It’s important that all students and parents understand career opportunities available in the STEM fields, and that the necessary education and training are available here in Idaho. Because women continue to be underrepresented in STEM fields, those of us in the science and technology industry must continue to spread the message that these careers are for everyone.”

The event is held at INL’s Energy Innovation Laboratory in Idaho Falls. The 150 girls who are taking part were recommended by their schools.

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