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According to the NY Times, Dated Dec. 11, 2012 the students in the U.S. still lag behind globally in Math and Science tests results.  “The United Sates ranked 11th in fourth-grade math, 9th in eighth-grade math, in fourth-grade science and 10th in eighth-grade science.”  It seems that South Korea and Singapore led the international rankings in both math and science.

The American Association of University Women has been committed to making the dream of higher education a reality for women.  This commitment is “a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity… and advocates increased support for, and access to, higher education for women and other disadvantaged populations.”  The shortage of American scientist threatens our nation’s ability to compete and innovate in the coming years, especially as the outsourcing of jobs to, and importing of science from, other nations continues to grow. By 2014, the U.S. will have added more than one million additional information technology jobs to the workforce.  However, women still lag far behind in earning the necessary digress to complete in these professions.

Help your daughters and sons too, to register for this event that the AAUW Lansdale PA Branch, Inc. and the North Penn Community Education Program.  They are presenting: “Discover the Future” – A Science and Math Extravaganza for Students Grades 5 – 7.  The program will be held on Saturday, March 16 from 8:30AM – 2:30PM, at Pennbrook Middle School, 1201 North Wales Road, North Wales, PA.  The cost is $8.00 per attendee.  All must register to attend at: www.northpenncep.org   Lunch IS NOT provided, so please make sure your child has a disposable bag lunch, drinks will be provide and you can select a choice when registering.

This is a full day event for students to listen to presentations from professional women who work in the fields of math and science, with the goal of sparking an interest and/or motivating students to pursue further education in these fields.  Workshops will include: Animal Science, Physical Science, Engineering and many more!  Students will also attend a presentation by Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Craige, MSN, RN-BC: Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory and Specialty Care, Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

For more information please contact Marilyn Hollenbeck: 215-368-0207 or Linda Hubler: hlinda1500@verizon.net.

Posted 3:23 PM

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