GETT will be Saturday, March 12, 2016 at West Chester East High School. Registration will open February 14th, 2016. For more information visit the GETT Website.
Volunteers will be needed for the day and possibly for the set-up the evening before as the date gets closer. Anyone with connections with local companies for funding, prizes, and promotional giveaways should contact member Mary Smith.
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GETT 2016 at West Chester East High School
The 16th year of Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology is in the planning stage. GETT will be Saturday, March 12, 2016 at West Chester East High School and registration will open February 14th, 2016. GETT will be open to 600 girls in grades 5-10 for the hands on sessions and girls in grades 11-12 are encouraged to attend as ‘student ambassadors’. Last year’s EXPO was so successful that it will be expanded and due to last year’s feedback, it will be in the gym at WC East. AAUW had a great table last year with Donna Golden and her volunteers making polymer balls and we are invited back again this year.
For those not familiar with GETT, it is a one day event held within Chester County to encourage girls and their parents and educators to pursue careers in STEM. It is, and has always been, a hands on venue to show girls that they can be anything they set their mind to do. For more complete information and a video of last year’s GETT you can go to http://www.GETTPA.org. AAUW West Chester-Chester County has been an important part of GETT for 16 years, providing volunteers, research studies, and funding and will be continuing our successful history this year. Our branch board has, once again, pledged $500. to GETT 2016. I will be stepping back from the lead chair on the Parent/Educator Committee and will instead mentor and help the new chairperson. I will be asking for volunteers in the upcoming meetings but you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding GETT or suggestions for a hands on activity we can provide at the EXPO.
Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology
(GETT) began in Chester County Pennsylvania in 2001 as a response to the underrepresentation of young women in the fields of computer and information technology. GETT is a volunteer-driven SEPA regional project hosted by the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG) a regional initiative of the Chester County Economic Development Council and the Chester County Workforce Investment Board with grant funds received in part from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Investment Board and other corporations.
GETT has now expanded its scope, introducing the universe of technological and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers to girls. GETT is an exciting, enlightening and educational workforce development project designed for Southeast PA girls in grades 6 through 12 and their parents, teachers, and counselors to learn about careers in the dynamic fields of technology. GETT has had partner events in Philadelphia (BioScience) and in Casper, Wyoming at Casper College.
Why is GETT Important?
Although technology has a huge impact in shaping our society, the latest statistics indicate that girls shy away from careers in technology. These careers are financially rewarding and influential, but unfortunately, the number of women entering these fields continues to decline. In 2003, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation Report, Women at Work, highlighted the need for advanced education for women in the computer and information fields. Without this training, the technological gender gap will continue to grow. According to recent research from the Information Technology (IT) Association of America, women now represent barely one-quarter of IT workers.
GETT is an opportunity for parents, girls, and educators to learn the facts about how technology careers can be fulfilling, fun, and rewarding personally, professionally, and financially. GETT also provides an excellent way for girls to meet and interact with successful women and educators who are positive role models. GETT Project Founders and the 2007 GETT Steering Committee were Honored as Recipients of the 2007 AAUW Gateway to Equity Award and the 2007 Partnership Award Presented by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry. This shows what an important event GETT is, and highlights the need to continue it. The American Association of University Women – West Chester Branch supports GETT on an annual basis.