STEM – Girls’ Recognition Night for 2023

The Beaver Valley Branch of AAUW in conjunction with the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) is hosting its annual Girls’ Recognition Night (GRN) on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 7:00 pm in the Learning Resource Center, lower level, room 103, at CCBC. The program recognizes eighth grade girls from Beaver County middle schools who have an exceptional interest in the fields of math and science.

GRN is a program that is designed to celebrate two outstanding eighth grade girls in each Beaver County school district, one who excels in science and one who excels in math.  The girls are selected by their math and science teachers for their enthusiasm and talent in science and math, components of the STEM’s subject. Each girl is recognized with a certificate and an essay written by her teacher. GRN 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 STEM fields.

There will be a presentation by a panel of women who are established in their respective STEM careers. Jennifer L. Hammers, Forensic Pathologist, Board Certified Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathologist, Sarah Mullen: Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Honors Accounting, Alina Nye: Masters: Engineering management, Bachelors: Biomedical Engineering Mechanical engineering, Minor: mechatronics, Victoria Scott Bachelors: Computer Science. You are cordially invited to attend the program with a reception to follow.

In addition, the honorees may participate in a program to be presented at 9:00am-noon in conference room 9103 CCBC. The Carnegie Science Center Mobile Lab in partnership with GRN will present a program, Microbit Chariot: Teams of students will be challenged to code for Microbit Robots through an obstacle course!  This program focuses on coding.

We believe that teachers, advisors, role models and parents can favorably affect the attitudes of young women and persuade them that they are every bit as qualified as young women 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.