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Parents and Educators Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (PETT) is a new program developed in response to the ongoing needs expressed by parents and educators who attended the one-day girls STEM event, Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT) held every March. GETT began in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 2001 as a response to the under-representation of young women in the computer and information technology fields. PETT will provide parents and educators with the resources they need to help create a supportive, nurturing environment for girls in grades 6-12 who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). PETT will bridge the gap between girls’ desire to pursue STEM studies and the support needed from parents and educators to realize this goal as well as work to change the negative perception of girls and STEM.
At AAUW West Chester-Chester County, we are extremely passionate about this wonderful new program. PETT received a 2013-2014 AAUW Community Action Grant to respond to these needs. Through our collaboration with the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG), Chester County Economic Development Council, the Chester County Intermediate Unit, and the Chester County Library System, we truly believe that this program will not only be a huge success, but will also prove highly sustainable.