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STEM for Girls Think Tank 2010


Please contact Julie Blaine at with any questions.

Thank you for registering for the 2010 STEM for Girls Think Tank. With 70 participants from 33 schools across the country, it will be a very productive and exciting few days! Here are a few other details you need to know.

Dress is comfortable and casual.  We will have a guest wireless network and printer set up for you, so be sure to bring your laptop. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided both Thursday and Friday. We will have tours of the school on Thursday if you are interested.  

If you registered for the pre-conference dinner… Meet us at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 11 at YOLOS Restaurant. It is in the Green Hills Mall area which is walking distance from the Hampton Inn at Green Hills. You will be able to pick up your registration packet that evening.  It will be a great time to get to know one another before our work begins on Thursday.
When driving to the Harpeth Hall campus.... please remember that parking is limited, so if you plan to drive, carpool if you can.  Our maintenance staff will be stationed in our main drive, off of Hobbs Road, to help you with parking.  Please come to the Patton Visual Arts Center for registration and breakfast (look for the green and white balloons.)  

If you are staying downtown.....
please remember the Country Music Awards are the night of November 10 so traffic will be challenging
, but you might see a celebrity or two! You can watch the arrival of the stars as they walk the "black carpet" outside of the Bridgestone Arena starting at 4:00pm.

If you are staying at the Green Hills Hampton Inn.... there will be a handout for you when you check in that provides information about the Think Tank.  Shuttles will be provided to/from Harpeth Hall at the following times:
7:45am, 8:10am, 5:15pm and 5:30pm on Thursday
7:45am, 8:10am, 2:30pm and 2:55pm on Friday

If you plan to enjoy Nashville.....there are several events worth attending!
- The 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 10 - click
HERE for tickets
- Vince Gill & Friends Concert for STARS at the Country Music Hall of Fame on November 11 - call 615-983-6805 for information and tickets. Last year's lineup included Richard Marx and Allison Krause. This year's line-up is once again a surprise.  Individual tickets are $175. Reception at 6:30pm, concert at 8:00pm
Jewel with the Nashville Symphony at Lipscomb University – Allen Arena, Nov. 11-13
- Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium, Nov. 12-13
- Performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe on November 10-14 - click HERE for information (Note especially the Friday, 9:30pm performance which features outstanding songwriters)
 - Vanderbilt vs Presbyterian (men’s basketball season opener) on November 12, 7:00pm - call 615-322-4653 for tickets
 - Vanderbilt vs Howard (women’s basketball) on November 14, 2:00pm –
call 615-322-4653 for tickets
- Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks (last year’s Stanley Cup Champion) , November 13, 7:00pm at the Bridgestone Arena - click HERE for tickets
- Nick Cannon at
Zanies Comedy Night Club, Nov. 11-13
- Christmas Village at Tennessee State Fairgrounds, Nov. 12-14
- A Victorian Christmas with the Jackson Family: 1883 at Belle Meade Plantation, Nov. 6 – Dec. 31
- Nashville Zoo (Regions Free Day for the Military on Nov. 14)
- The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Frist Center, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, Radnor Lake State Park, and The Parthenon are also favorite destinations for locals and tourists! 

See the Harpeth Hall Visitor's Guide for hotels and dinner ideas. 

We will see you all in Nashville!  Have a wonderful week and let us know if you have any further questions. Please go ahead and join the STEM for Girls Wiki at

Directions to Harpeth Hall
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STEM for Girls Think Tank schedule:
Thursday, November 11, 2010 at The Harpeth Hall School
**we will provide shuttles to/from Green Hills Hampton Inn **
8:00     Registration and light breakfast
8:30     Opening session and keynote speaker - Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
10:15   Discussion groups
11:15   Discussion groups by division
12:00   Lunch and school tours
1:00     Discussion groups
2:00     Jigsaw groups mixing disciplines
3:15     Discussion groups
4:00     Cocktail reception
6:00     Dinner on your own
Friday, November 12, 2010 at Harpeth Hall
**we will provide shuttles to/from Green Hills Hampton Inn **
8:00     Breakfast  
8:30     Keynote Speaker - Dr. Linda Swarlis, Columbus School for Girls
9:45     Discussion groups by division
11:15   Discussion groups
12:30   Lunch
1:15     Final session with reporting out to entire group
2:00     Evaluation and wrap-up

How can I arrange for transportation to and accommodations in Nashville?
There are a number of airlines that offer direct flights to Nashville. We highly recommend that you FLY SOUTHWEST AIRLINES as they are generally inexpensive and offer many non-stop flights if they fly from your home town. Shuttle service is available from the airport to some local hotels. Cabs are also readily available
The Hampton Inn Green Hills is full except for their suites. Their special rate has expired.
We have contacted several reasonable hotels downtown, and a number of them are also booked. The CMA Awards will be in town that week, and I would expect most downtown hotels to fill soon. Below is a list of hotels for you to consider, but make your reservations soon to avoid a lengthy drive from your hotel to the school. Prices are subject to change based on availability.
Hampton Inn - Elliston Place - $229/night plus tax for Nov. 10, and $139/night plus tax for Nov. 11.
Holiday Inn Select – Nashville – Vanderbilt - Sold Out  They have suggested - Holiday Inn Express on Broadway - $219/night plus tax
Marriott – West End Avenue - Sold Out
Courtyard by Marriott - $209/night plus tax
Loew’s Vanderbilt Plaza - Sold Out 

Buses will be available only between the Hampton Inn Green Hills and Harpeth Hall School. Transportation to the school from other hotels will be the participant's responsibility.
What is the STEM for Girls Think Tank?
The STEM for Girls Think Tank is an annual gathering of the educational leaders from around the country who are passionate about educating young women.  The purpose of our conference is to find ways to better prepare and encourage young women to study the four STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the long-range goal to have more young women pursue careers in these fields.  The event allows for open-ended discussion among attendees as well as keynote speakers and formal presentations.  Facilitators lead each of the STEM discussion groups in conversations centering around sharing best practices, brainstorming ideas on how best to encourage our students to pursue studies in the four STEM areas, and planning future STEM-related initiatives and collaborations.
This year, many of our discussions will focus on AAUW's latest research report, Why So Few: Women in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics, which was published this spring. Prior Think Tanks have covered some of the topics in this report. This year, our speakers and discussion groups will address spatial intelligence, creating a climate for STEM success, and how to develop not simply the skills young women need in STEM careers but how to create a passion for STEM. We highly recommend that you download and read the report before arriving at the Think Tank.
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Who's Coming
Richard Abbondanzio
Kathy Benson
Dora Biegl
Terry Bourek
Richard Bradley
Faunne Brown
Peggy Cagle
Sallie Gray Clayton
Melissa Cole
Cynthia Czerniak
Antoinette Decker
Corinne Dedini
Karen Douse
Kathleen Downum
Tracie Durham
Maria Eagen
Nancy Ehrlich
Pam Erickson
Martha Erskine
Christina Ferrens
Barbara Fishel
Deborah Foehring
George Hanlon
Leah Heath
Liberty Heise
Isabelle Henderson
Joshua Hughes
Perrin Ireland
Susan Johnson
Leah Kazantzis
Lisa Keen
Joe Knowlton
Nina Kozlova
Steve Kunec
Jessica Lancaster
Lauren Laschon
Laura Lindell
Polly Linden
Angela Macedo
Heather Mannella
Jeff McCalla
Anna McNicholas
Kim Mechling
Eleanor Millman
Michael Mitchell
Kimberly Moon
Elena Nickerson
Jill Pala
Andrea Perry
Heather Pomfret
Gary Poole
Brad Rathgeber
Diane Rose
Molly Rumsey
Kristyn Rylander
Cynthia Schmalzried
Lisa Soiland
Ashley Stainback
Laurie Stanton
Sarah Statton
Jenni Stout
Jeri Sutton
Linda Swarlis
Christopher Talone
Natalie Turbiville
Diane Walker
Eric Walters
Jennifer Webster
Melissa Wert
Nikki Wheaton
Katherine Zimmer