Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)
EYH conferences are half-day seminars held separately for middle school and high school girls at Bellevue College featuring a choice of three hands-on workshops presented by women who have careers in areas based on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
What is Expanding Your Horizons?
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) consists of two different half-day conferences for middle and high school girls held at Bellevue College each March. They feature hands-on workshops presented by women in careers based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Co-Sponsored by the Lake Washington, Issaquah and Kirkland-Redmond Branches, the first day is for high school girls, teachers, counselors and interested adults. The second day is a similar format for middle school girls, parents and other interested adults. Over 1000 girls participate each year. More than 25,000 girls have attended since the inception of the conference over thirty years ago.
What is the mission of EYH?
The EYH mission is to encourage young women to continue to take math and science courses during their high school years. By so doing, they will keep their options open if they decide to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. EYH programs provide STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle- and high-school girls. The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges. EYH programs are developed based on the following assumptions: 1) In order to increase the participation of women in math, science, and engineering careers, there must be an increase in the pool of qualified women; 2) In order for young women to have the option to enter STEM careers—and prepare for them in college—they need to choose to take the appropriate math and science courses in high school; and 3) Since math is the basis for virtually all STEM careers, intervention strategies are needed that increase the participation of girls in math by nurturing enjoyment and confidence in math, by connecting the value of math to career opportunities, by providing career role models, and by actively encouraging girls to persevere in math coursework.