The participating high schools include:
Atlantic Co. Inst. of Tech.
Cherry Hill East
Egg Harbor Twp.
Health Science Academy
Hunterdon Central Reg.
Toms River HS East
AAUW NJ became involved in this effort 15 years ago, when the national association published Gender Gaps, a report which highlighted the great disparity in the numbers of women and men involved in the technology work so critical to the future of the United States.
“We have planned an exciting day designed to give the students direct experience with the many facets of technology, including forensics, robotics, building battery-operated toys for children with special needs, cybercrime, and the science behind the food we eat,” said Stockton’s Acting President Harvey Kesselman. “We want them to understand the value and impact the technology field has on improving the world we live in, while also experiencing the excitement and creativity that a technology career offers.”
Kelly Hart, executive director of NJTEEA, emphasized that AAAUW NJ teentech 2015 fits perfectly with her group’s ongoing initiatives to involve more young women in hands-on technology. James Lukach, executive director of NJSCA, welcomes the opportunity for their members to learn more about both Stockton University and careers in technology. Margaret Lyons, of IEEE, believes it’s important for the students and educators to know about the many pathways to STEM careers. Susan Chittoran, from USDOL-WB’s regional office, points out that technology careers can help women close the pay gap between men and women. Donna Scalia, from the USDOL Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training emphasizes that apprenticeships in the STEM fields can make these careers accessible to anyone.
According to Karen Brown, AAUW NJ’s project director for AAUW NJ teentech 2015, “AAUW’s recently published report,Solving the Equation, tells us that women are still underrepresented in STEM careers - in fact, fewer women work as computing professionals than 25 years ago. AAUW NJ organizes events such as teentech to give girls a hands-on experience so that they walk away saying, ‘I can do this! It’s fun and rewarding.’ We want to empower young women to take full advantage of lucrative, exciting, fulfilling technology careers. We know companies want to hire more women, and hire locally – we’re helping the young women to be prepared.”
American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university partners. For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day - educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW NJ website: www.aauwnj.org
Stockton University was founded in 1969 as a public, four-year college within the New Jersey system of higher education as Richard Stockton State College. Stockton became a university in 2015. It offers baccalaureate and graduate level programs in the arts, sciences, and professional studies. A residential university whose students are drawn from throughout the state, Stockton is located in New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve, 12 miles northwest of Atlantic City. website: www.stockton.edu