Do you have girls between 6th and 9th grade? Have you ever heard of EYH? EYH stands for Expanding Your Horizons in math and science network. This network holds conferences all over the United States, Europe and Asia to encourage girls to consider careers in science, technology and math. The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st Century challenges. The Ogden EYH conference was held on Nov 3rd (it is usually the first weekend of November). It is sponsored by ATK Aerospace Systems Group. There were well over 100 volunteers working to prepare for this day and there is usually around 600 girls in attendance.
My daughters have attended this event for years. In fact, before they were old enough to be participants, they used to help me when I facilitated a workshop at the event. This was the first year my oldest daughter was too old to attend and my middle daughter is getting ready for gymnastics competition season. My youngest daughter Alyssa and her friend Hayden were left to have all of the fun.
For a registration fee of $16 the girls received lunch, tshirts and a gift bag as well as being able to participate in 3 workshops. They chose “Be a Veterinarian for a day,” “Death by marshmallows,” and “Lotion Commotion” this year. There was also a keynote speaker, Dr. Susan R. Madsen (Director, Utah Women and Education Project), and a visit from Miss Utah 2012, Kara Arnold. Kara is promoting her platform STEM (helping young girls discover their potential through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
I want to give a shout out to all the teachers who coordinated bringing busloads of girls from their schools. They worked a Saturday to inspire and motivate these girls to envision a brighter future for themselves. I know first hand what a career in technology can do for a woman and her family. I have been an engineer for well over 20 years. My career has enabled me to send my girls to private schools their whole life and for my husband to stay at home with them for 11 years. Kudos to all of those volunteers and the many hours that went into putting on this conference.
For more information on EYH Norther Utah go to http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/EYHNorthernUtah/