Submitted by: Lewis County AAUW
Expanding Your Horizons, a half-day of STEM career exploration for young women in 6th through 9th grades will be presented on the Centralia College Campus on Saturday, October 19. This year marks the 26th year that the Lewis County AAUW (American Association of University Women) and the college TRIO/TS program have combined to offer a program of hands-on workshops taught by women in the STEM-related fields.
EYH presents a unique opportunity for young women to increase their interest in careers in the STEM fields, foster their awareness of the diversity of career opportunities in these fields, and engage with female role models who are employed in those fields.
This year there are 25 different workshops from which the girls can choose. The career topics range from robotics, maze programming, volcanoes, dentistry, communicable diseases to police work, veterinary medicine, and many others. Enrollees may choose five workshops. On the day of the event, each attendee will be assigned two of those chosen workshops to attend.
In 2018, over three hundred girls from Lewis County attended EYH. This year, girls are urged to register early (by October 9 deadline) if they want to get the workshops they are interested in. Girls may also register on the day of the event but will be assigned workshops on space availability. Registration forms are available in the schools, libraries, and at Centralia College. Registration fee is $10 per family and includes all materials and snacks. Scholarships are available to students who would otherwise not be able to attend. For more information, call 360-623-8643
After registration and check-in from 7:45 – 8:25 am, girls will attend a presentation by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry called “Altered States: Snap! Crackle! Boom! Following the OMSI program, girls will go to their first workshop. Parents or guardians accompanying their daughters may also attend a parent workshop entitled “Transitioning from Middle School to High School and Beyond” presented by Dr. Erica Hernandez Scott, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis.