GIRLS FOR STEM: About the Conference

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Girls for STEM (formerly Explore Your Opportunities) is an annual, hands-on conference for 7th and 8th grade girls to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The goals of the conference are:

  • to provide young women with opportunities to meet and interact with positive women rolemodels who are active in math and science related careers
  • to increase the interest of young women in math and science by providing exciting and fun hands-on learning experiences
  • to encourage young women to study as much math and science as possible to keep a wide range of career choices open to them.

Who Can Attend?

  • Any young woman attending 7th or 8th  grade in a NYC or Westchester County school, public or private.
  • Any parent interested in learning how he/she can be more supportive in encouraging middle school girls to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering and math.

What Happens There?

For the second year, the conference will be virtual.  We hope to return to students participating in person at the College of Mount Saint Vincent campus in the near future.  All supplies needed to participate virtually will be provided to the students by mail.


Hands-On Workshops

Young women are given the opportunity to do hands-on work that reflects a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and math related careers, guided by women professionals in these fields. If you are interested in leading a workshop, please contact Girls for STEM.

Meeting Role Models  (not available in 2022)

Young women can interact with “Mystery Women” with exciting careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, and be inspired to follow in their footsteps. They can ask what the women like about their jobs, and what they had to study to get there. They will learn about many different professions they had never heard of! If you are interested in being a Mystery Woman, please contact Girls for STEM.


The Girls for STEM conference (formerly Explore Your Opportunities – The Sky’s the Limit) was originally based on the Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ (EYH™) conferences. The Expanding Your Horizons Network has been helping conferences like ours across the United States since 1976. In 2010, the EYH Network won the prestigious National Science Board’s Public Service Award.

These conferences have been designed to nurture girls’ interest in mathematics and science courses and to expand their career visions to include science, technology, engineering and mathematics based careers. AAUW Westchester has been proudly bringing this conference to our area since 2003-2004, first in partnership with Barnard College, and now with the College of Mount Saint Vincent.