Need for girls in tech, science fields topic of American Association of University Women Nevada County Branch meeting |

Need for girls in tech, science fields topic of American Association of University Women Nevada County Branch meeting

A panel discussion will explore “STEM Education and Attracting Girls/Women into the Field” at a meeting of the American Association of University Women. Projections show that by 2018, the U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce will be 8.65 million strong. Among high school seniors, the overall interest in STEM majors and careers is increasing, but the gender gap is also increasing. What steps can be taken to stem the gender gap? What efforts are underway to encourage girls and women to enter STEM fields? A panel of experts in the field of early STEM education will discuss these and other issues related to the topic.

Panelists will include Jim Richards, mathematics and technology teacher at Magnolia Intermediate School, who will share how students are being exposed to STEM education; Ken Krugler, local “Girls Who Code” program volunteer teacher, focusing on the importance of girls’ exposure to computer technology; and AAUW Member Hilary Hodge, executive director of Sierra Commons, addressing the STEM and Arts community outreach and what is being done to attract women in these fields.

The meeting will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley. The free program begins at 10 a.m. is open to everyone.

For more than 75 years, the AAUW Nevada County Branch has been striving to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. For more information, visit

http:/ or call 530-470-9395.

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