In 1976, the Math/Science Network (now called the Expanding Your Horizons Network) created Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics (EYH) Conferences as an intervention strategy, designed to nurture girls’ interest in mathematics and science courses and to encourage them to expand their career visions to include science and mathematics based-careers.
EYH Conferences Have Four Goals
- To increase the interest of young women in math and science through positive, hands-on experiences
- To foster awareness of career opportunities in math and science related careers
- To provide young women with opportunities to meet and interact with positive role models who are active in math and science related careers
- To involve young women in positive experiences in math and science
Since the first Expanding Your Horizons Conference was held at Mills College in Oakland, California in 1976, more than 430,000 sixth through twelfth-grade young women and approximately 47,000 parents and educators have attended EYH Conferences in 32 states. Each EYH conference is organized by local volunteers, who find an appropriate site, recruit local women as presenters, raise funds from local organizations, and generate publicity within the community. The Expanding Your Horizons Network provides materials that local groups can use to help in all of these tasks.
Expanding your Horizons (EYH) in Math and Science is an all-day Saturday conference for girls in 7th and 8th grades. Boys are welcome to attend.
The conference consists of hands-on workshops in a variety of subjects led by women working in the sciences.
Concurrent workshops are offered for parents, teachers, and counselors to assist them in guiding girls in career choices.