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The Math and Science of a Smart Girl Life


Christine-flyerWant to chart a course for greater opportunities for your girls? Christine McKinley will be speaking at Utah State University in the Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium on June 9 at 7 pm, as part of the university’s annual Smart Girl Summer Camp. She will be speaking on how to use the scientific method, momentum, and simple math to think through personal decisions and how this can help you become happy and independent. The event is free to the public and is geared towards girls ages 9-15, but all ages are welcome to attend.

“Smart-Girl is a fun, activity-based program that inspires adolescent girls to become confident, capable, self-reliant young women.  We are excited to have Christine come and speak with us because she knows what it is like to be a young girl with big dreams. She was able to accomplish all of her dreams despite the many challenges that got in her way. Christine puts on a great performance. She uses humor to discuss hard topics, sings, and plays guitar. We are excited to have her as part of our camp program,” states Konie Humphreys, Smart Girl Director and Program Coordinator at the Center for Women and Gender at USU.

Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician, and author. Her musical Gracie and the Atom, won a Portland Drammy for Original Score. Her book Physics for Rock Stars was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. Christine hosted Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on History Channel and Under New York on Discovery Channel.

Christine is a passionate and hilarious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education advocate. She explains to students how an understanding of physics will help them execute a proper stage dive and win a fistfight on a speeding train. Christine leads by example, showing young people how to create a “hand made life” by choosing a career in engineering, science, and anything else they want to add. She is admittedly a little nuts about physics.

The Center for Women and Gender has teamed up with the STE²M program to bring in Christine McKinley. Their combined goal is to encourage all students, despite their gender, to become passionate about science, math, engineering, and technology.

WHAT: The Math and Science of a Smart Girl Life Presentation
WHEN: Thursday, June 9 at 7 pm
WHERE: Eccles Science Learning Center Auditorium at Utah State University
INFO: Contact Stephanie Bagnell by phone at 435-797-3703 or by email at



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