Girls’ Recognition Night is a program that recognizes eighth grade girls from Beaver County Middle Schools who have an exceptional interest in the fields of math and science. The girls are selected by their Math and Science teachers for their enthusiasm and talent in Science and Math, components of the (STEM) subjects. The girls are recognized with a certificate and a pass to the Carnegie Science Center.
A panel of three to five women who are currently working in one or more of the STEM areas discuss their education and careers. They describe their professions and give the young women an insight for the possibilities open to them as they continue their studies in the STEM fields. There is an opportunity for questions after the presentation. The program, in partnership with Community College of Beaver County, is held in April at the CCBC Learning Resource Center. Parents, teachers, superintendents and AAUW members are invited to the program. After the program all are welcome to a Dessert Reception that allows for more one-on-one discussions with the speakers. Membership brochures are distributed, a speaker from CCBC is on hand to discuss college options, and information about scholarships is provided.
This Program is a way for AAUW to support their mission statement and to help reward and encourage young women to pursue their careers in the STEM fields.
AAUW asks every science and math teacher from each school district in Beaver County to select two of their female students in each of their classes to be recognized at this event. They were asked to choose students with:
- An exceptional interest or passion for math or science.
- A potential for growth in the subject area.
- Class participation, effort, enthusiasm, grades, in-class projects, and problem-solving ability.
We believe that teachers, advisors, role models and parents can favorably affect the attitudes of young girls and persuade them that they are every bit as qualified as young men to pursue math and science careers. Being praised for their interest and performance and being shown that there are indeed many female achievers in technical and non-traditional fields can make a great difference to a young woman in deciding which courses to take in high school and college.
Girls’ Recognition Night was held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm at the CCBC Learning Resource Center
Introducing the 2018 Panelist
AAUW, a national organization with over 100,000 members, has long advocated gender equity in education. Many studies show that girls who have displayed great ability in science and math begin to lose interest as they reach the middle school age. Girls Recognition Night is intended to encourage middle school girls to enroll in math and science courses in high school and beyond that can lead to careers in the non-traditional STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math.