MATH SCIENCE NETWORK

Rating: 4.86 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Technology, Education

Location: 5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland CA 94613 USA

Mission: The Math/Science Network pursues as its mission the promotion of the continuing development in mathematics and science of all people, with particular emphasis on the needs of women and girls. Our primary goal is to increase the participation, retention, and advancement of girls and women in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. We do this through our primary program, Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics (EYH).
Programs: We base our primary program, Expanding Your Horizons, on the following assumptions: * In order to increase the participation of women in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology careers, there must be an increase in the pool of qualified women. * In order for young women to have the option to enter mathematics, science, engineering, and technology careers, they need to choose to take the appropriate mathematics and science courses in school. * In order to increase the participation of girls in mathematics classes, we need intervention strategies that nurture enjoyment and confidence in mathematics, connect the value of mathematics to career opportunities, provide career role models, and actively encourage girls to persevere in mathematics courses. Since 1976, the Network has licensed and coordinated Expanding Your Horizons activities where young women in grades 6 through 12 are encouraged to persevere in math and science and to enter math-based careers. Our program works by bringing girls together to do hands-on workshops with women role models who work with math everyday. Since 1976, over 550,000 young women have learned about the joys of math-based activities at Expanding your Horizons conferences. Each year, the Network licenses and supports EYH conferences for girls at 100 sites around the country.
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the EYH organization for more than 30 years,both at the national and at the local level. The 1-day conferences held at approximately 100 different sites reaches many thousands of middle and high school girls each year. The girls are introduced to STEM careers that they might never have otherwise heard about, and they discover that math and science can be interesting, challenging, and fun. The EYH Network has an enormous impact and does this with a very limited budget. Many volunteers all over the country work to make these conferences successful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by working as a Board member and by helping to organize a local conference. The conference day is very exciting both for the girls and the workshop leaders and for the planning committee members. I look forward to this every year.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are amazingly dedicated and hard working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support all the conferences and also provide extension programs for the girls.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

The Expanding Your Horizons network provides hands-on outreach to girls in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by engaging members of the professional community. It's incredibly motivating for girls to have the opportunity to see first-hand the benefits of concerted academics in these areas, but it's even more rewarding as the adult reaching out to these girls. Instigating that spark of interest can often mean the difference between a girl throwing in the towel in the face of a difficult math class, versus giving it all she's got. It's one of the most directly effective organizations I've had the pleasure of working with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

One of my best experiences was having a middle-school girl who thought she wanted to be a hairdresser (?!!) come up to me and express her newfound interest in computers. She hadn't previously realized how social computer engineering could be!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The Expanding Your Horizons network has been around for over 30 years and holds workshops at universities around the world. If I could change one thing, it would be to *increase awarness* of the opportunities provided by getting involved!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the incredible reward that stems from having an impact on a young girl's future.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...exciting, motivated, engaging STEM professionals from diverse backgrounds, all eager to show off the benefits of careers that are typically dominated by men.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...provide resources for even more conferences around the world, increase awareness, and extend outreach to even more underprivileged girls.

Ways to make it better...

...there were even more opportunities to interact with girls closer to my location

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...lack of funding to expand global outreach

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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