Graves Middle School 8th grade girls attended the AAUW Science Conference on Wednesday, January 30, at Whittier College to learn about various opportunities and careers in STEM.
AAUW stands for the American Association of University Women. This organization has been a leading advocate of equity and education for women and girls. Their mission is, “To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.”
The students had the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops and hear from women who are professionals in various STEM fields. They heard from Chemists, Epidemiologists, Physical Therapists, Laboratory Scientists, FBI Agents, Veterinarians, Astronomists, Interior Designers, Construction Managers, Financial Analysts, and Food Scientists. Each presenter shared about their own unique educational path that helped get them to where they are today.
Graves’ teacher Camille Weiss attended the conference with the girls and shared how this conference was beneficial for them.
“This conference was so beneficial to the students who attended because it really broadened their knowledge of all the possible careers there are in the STEM industry. It inspired a lot of the girls to continue to do well in school as well as getting girls thinking of other careers that they never thought of before.”
The presenters shared much more information than just their educational background. They also shared about their careers, day-to-day tasks, salaries, and much more to help attendees have information that will broaden their knowledge about the STEM field and help them make informed decisions about their future careers.
“It truly was an amazing experience for our students and they became very excited about their futures,” Ms. Weiss shared. “These women who presented served as such wonderful role models for our girls. They see the possibilities and become determined to create fulfilling lives for themselves.”