EYH 2016 – ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE!
This was a year to remember! We registered almost 680 girls and offered 55 workshops on March 25, 2016. On the challenging side, we had a record number of workshops cancel (8), but the registration folks were still able to cope. What a great job they did!
The workshops with over 100 presenters received high marks for being interesting, informative, and hands-on sessions. We’re proud to have accomplished our major goals: to introduce young women to a variety of STEM-based careers and increase their interest in continuing their education in order to have the most choices for a productive, fulfilling life. EYH is an important way for us to be involved in encouraging young women to “THINK STEM” careers. We KNOW we’re having a long-term impact on many, many young lives!
Lake Washington Branch of AAUW has been involved in EYH for high school girls for 30 years. We begin planning for the event each September. The event utilizes the Bellevue College Campus during the week the college is on spring break. This year girls registered from 40 schools located from Oak Harbor and Mount Vernon in the north to Sumner/Bonney Lake in the south, Mount Si in the east to Holy Names Academy and Lakeside in Seattle. We also had some home schooled girls come over from Yakima. The middle school EYH, sponsored by Kirkland-Redmond and Issaquah Branches was held a week later.
Girls get to choose three workshops with choices from architecture to zoology and 85% get their first choice. More than 50 volunteers–members, friends, and family– help with check-in and registration of girls and presenters and guide them to the workshops on campus. Counselors and interested parents have a companion program which includes experiencing one of the workshops. In addition, there is a Career Fair during the lunch break for students and the adults that features exhibits by community colleges and STEM related businesses,
Next year’s EYH is scheduled for Friday, March 24, 2017. We are always looking to recruit new presenters; so, as you meet women professionals whose careers are STEM-based, please mention EYH to them.
Jo Herber and Sandy Heidergott, EYH 2016 Conference Co-chairs
STEM…through positive hands-on experiences