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Causes: Education, General Science, Mathematics, Technology

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.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with the organization for over 10 years. EYH Network and its 80+ conference continues to deliver meaningful experiences to thousands of girls. It provides girls fun and interesting hands-on STEM related activities led by women scientist, engineers, and other STEM professionals. These women often represent the first non-medical STEM professionals these girls have met and can be come important role models. The organization is beginning to increase its range of programs through partnerships with Seagate, Google, and Symantec, however, more funding is needed to sustain these programs.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I've worked with the EYH Network since 2005. After more than 30 years encouraging young women in STEM, EYH Network received the 2010 National Science Board's Public Service Award. The staff and board members are very dedicated to ensuring that the organization continues to encourage girls in STEM learning and careers. As a small organization, it often struggles with funding and growth. However, it consistently provides workshops to middle and high school girls that inspire them in STEM.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a Board Member since 2006 and am very proud of my association with this organization. EYH/N (Expanding Your Horizons Network) is the leading organization for motivating girls to pursue higher math and science courses and expand their career choices through hands-on workshops and meeting women STEM role models at Conferences held at colleges and universities around the US and globally. More than 800,000 girls have attended these Conferences and workshops since the Network was founded approx. 30 years ago. Clearly, the organization has made a difference in the lives and career choices of many of our alumna, as we have collected data that has told us how the EYH/N has had a positive influence on them and led many women to careers in science, mathematics, and technology. Also EYH/N won the National Science Board's 2010 Public Service Award, further demonstrating the effect and value of the organization and its mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Math/Science Network changed its name to the Expanding Your Horizons Network in ~2006 to better reflect its major role in the 80-100 annual Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics (EYH) conferences held all over the USA. As a woman physicist wanting to increase the number of women physicists I would work with everyday (from zero) I started volunteering at EYH conferences in 1978 and joined the leadership of the organization in 1979. I have volunteered for the Network ever since because it has an effective intervention strategy for encouraging girls to consider a career in science or engineering or other mathematically-based fields, it has been unwavering in replicating this strategy all over the USA and some foreign countries, one can see the enjoyment of the girls at the conferences and our post-conference surveys show that the girls' minds can be changed- some decide to become scientists and all attendees are much better informed about STEM fields being a fine place for a woman to have a rewarding career.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

EYH was founded in 1974, and has been educating and inspiring girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ever since. In fact, since its formation, 800,000 young girls have participated in one of our conferences throughout this country and now internationally. Conferences are organized at the grass roots level by women STEM professionals. Many conferences are started by women who attended an EYH as a young girl, or as a workshop leader. Once a conference gets started it’s rare for them to stop. Many EYH conferences such as the one at San Jose State have been happening for more than 30 years. Hundreds of girls from local middle schools or high schools arrive in the morning and the excitement is palpable. After listening to a motivating introductory speech by a women computer scientist from Google or a physicist from Sandia National lab, the girls go to workshops all led by women, where they explore topics such as Something Fishy about marine biology, Love at First Byte on computer Science or Rootbeer, Cheese and a Kiss about mold and fermentation. For many of them, this is the first time they have been on a college campus and have seen science and math come alive in hands-on experiments and activities.