Kirkland-Redmond is one of the three Eastside AAUW branches that coordinate two Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) Conferences at Bellevue College each March. One is for middle school girls and the other is for high school girls. This year (2014) marks the 32th anniversary of EYH Conferences on the Eastside.
This past year at the EYH 31st Annual Middle School Girls Conference was a packed house. There were 535 girls in 38 workshops and we had approximately 125 parents at the parent program. The 75 professional women leading the workshops represented four fields of aviation, five fields of engineering, lots of technology-based professional, many heath care fields and environment studies. We had over 50 volunteers supporting the conference from three branches. A wildly successful event from all points of view.
EYH conferences are nationally affiliated programs for middle and high school girls with hands-on activities in the science, technology, engineering and math (known as STEM) fields. To learn more about the conference schedule, see photos, find answers about how girls will participate in fun hands-on workshops and meet with women scientists or engineers. The conference support girls who will enjoy spending time with other girls who love math and science and who are thinking about their futures. Or take a look at a few of the girls who participated this year.
The goal of the program is to encourage girls to consider further study and careers in these academic areas. Since the Kirkland-Redmond branch plays a leading role, our member
s serve on the planning board, procure workshop leaders, work with the local schools to encourage students to attend, handle the registration process, plan the facility use, and organize the parent education session held during the conference, among other responsibilities. Each of the two one-day events attracts about 500 students.
Since the early 1980’s these conferences have inspired thousands of young women to further their education in these STEM areas.