It's on Thursday, February 24, 2011, at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory.
The goal of the event is to spark girls' curiosity about engineering and science, and showcase career opportunities. The students will spend the day working with a mentor, participate in hands-on activities, tour the laboratory and attend interactive presentations. They will also have lunch with some of Argonne's leading experts.
The event is open to 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade girls interested in math, science and engineering fields from throughout the Chicago area.
The deadline to apply is January 7, 2011. Application forms and additional information about the conference are available online. Student selection is conducted by lottery, and all interested middle school-aged girls are encouraged to apply.
The event is sponsored by Argonne's Education and Outreach Council and all of the laboratory's research divisions, in conjunction with Argonne's Division of Educational Programs Council and the Women in Science and Technology program.