February 3, 2016 at 8:44 pm

AAUW Athens Hosts Dynamic Math and Science Program for Girls on May 14

Abigail Tadlock explores her appearance with the effect of gravity on Mars.

Abigail Tadlock explores her appearance with the effect of gravity on Mars at Tech Savvy 2015.

Although women hold close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs. The AAUW – Athens, OH, branch is one of 23 AAUW National Tech Savvy sites working to improve those numbers.

The Athens branch hosts an AAUW National Tech Savvy program on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The daylong event designed to show girls firsthand how STEM fields can lead to exciting careers. The conference, part of the AAUW National Tech Savvy Pilot Program and funded in part by Ohio University, will welcome more than 100 girls in grades six through nine and their families to Ohio University.

“This is our third year hosting the Tech Savvy program at Ohio University, and each year we have grown thanks to the generosity of faculty and students at Ohio University, the members of the local Athens AAUW branch and the Athens community,” said Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and chair of the Athens program. See photos from Tech Savvy 2015.

About Tech Savvy

AAUW’s Tech Savvy and similar programs offer one way to increase the number of women in the STEM pipeline. Recommendations and suggestions for how institutions and employers can foster more women in these fields, particularly in the lucrative engineering and tech jobs, appear in AAUW’s research report Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing.

“This is an exciting time for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Ana Kay Yaghoubian, STEM senior manager at AAUW. “What’s great about Tech Savvy is that it’s a family affair. Parents take part in the conference because they are an important part of the solution. We want moms, dads, and other supportive family members to encourage girls to pursue their STEM passions because too many girls still get the message that those fields aren’t for them.”

Created in 2006 by Tamara Brown, former president of the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, Tech Savvy has since served more than 5,000 girls. As a result of her work, Brown was honored as a White House Champion of Change.

About the American Association of University Women

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

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