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Susie Green
GWAEA Student Programs Specialist




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Grant Wood AEA Open Minds, Open Doors
A STEM+ career conference 

Open Minds, Open Doors is a half-day conference intended to encourage middle school girls (7th-8th grades) to pursue career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The 2016 conference will be held on Thursday, October 13.


9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

9:00 - 9:20 a.m. - Opening Welcome and Orientation- Sinclair Auditorium

9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Career Workshop Sessions (9:30-10:25 a.m., 10:35 - 11:30 a.m.)

11:40 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch and Learn Rotation

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Closing Session - Students at the Iowa BIG School - Sinclair Auditorium

Location:  Coe College, Cedar Rapids
Cost:  $12/person - includes snack, t-shirt and lunch
Registration: Registration materials were sent to area schools in September 2016.


Thank you to the 2016 Grant Wood AEA Open Minds, Open Doors Employers

Amy Belice, Graphic Design

Back in Line Family Chiropractic & Wellness

Cedar Rapids Eye Care
Cedar Rapids Fire Department

Cedar Rapids Police Department
Coe College
General Mills
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Heartland Animal Hospital
Integrated DNA Technologies

Imagination Iowa
Iowa BIG School

Johnson County Conservation
Kennedy High School, Electric Car Team

Linn County Conservation Department
Linn-Mar High School Robotics

MMS Consultants, Inc.

Mercy Medical Center

Mount Mercy University
Mount Vernon School Robotics Team

OPN Architects

Pear Deck
Physical Therapy Center
Rockwell Collins

The Curiosity Path
Schneider Electric
St. Luke's Hospital
State Hygienic Lab at the University of Iowa
Tanager Place
University of Iowa

University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa College of Engineering
University of Iowa Healthcare

UIHC Department of Pathology
Vernon Research Group

Grant Wood AEA is pleased to collaborate with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Coe College to provide the annual Open Minds, Open Doors conference. Accompanied by a teacher from their school, girls attend two hands-on workshops, and a "lunch and learn" rotation including the STEM Expo and an auditorium-style presentation. Presenters are professional working women who volunteer their time. Presenters represent a variety of careers and businesses in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor.


Grant Wood AEA Open Minds, Open Doors Conference



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