On Nov. 9, Northrop Grumman hosted the 19th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) in science, technology, engineering and math conference in Northern Utah. Roughly 400 girls from grades six through nine attended the event at Box Elder Middle School in Brigham City.
EYH is a nationwide organization that seeks to inspire girls to recognize their potential, pursue opportunities in STEM careers. The conference is structured to enable students to participate in three hands-on, STEM-related workshops, selected from 22 options. Each workshop is led by a woman in a STEM profession who serves as a role model empowering participants to see themselves in STEM-related careers.
"This is an exciting time to be in a STEM field; there is so much to discover and create, but the world needs perspectives and ideas from both men and women, said Jamie Kent, Box Elder Middle School’s principal, who opened the conference with a keynote address to the students.
The workshops included learning what it takes to be a doctor, rocket scientist, chemist, engineer, computer programmer and more.
Over the past 19 years, more than 7,000 girls have attended the Northrop Grumman-sponsored conference.
"This is an amazing event to help empower girls by showing them the variety of opportunities STEM can provide. Knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math only opens up more doors," said Jessica Widrick, this year’s chairperson and principal structural engineer, propulsion systems, Northrop Grumman. "STEM careers are attainable for all, which is what these girls get to see at EYH; women who love, enjoy, or have careers in STEM-related fields."