The Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference held at Bellevue Community College is a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math career conference for high school girls. Sessions are led by women in math and science professions.
EYH used to provide scholarships to Odyssey students but they are no longer able to. So last fall, Renee Gallagher, a teacher at Odyssey High School, turned to the Foundation and submitted an Excel Grant application: “Students choose classes then arrive on campus, get a map and head off “to class”. Many of our students have commented in the past, “This is what it must feel like to be a college student!””
The event was a success! In her final report, Renee wrote: We took all of our young ladies to Bellevue Community College to attend Expanding Your Horizons (EYH). EYH is a day full of classes taught by current professionals in math and science-related careers. Students choose from over 50 sessions to attend. When we arrive on campus, each student receives their own schedule for the day and off they go to “class”.
One of our 9th grade students came to tell me the next day: “You know, I never thought I would go to college … but now I have all these ideas about things I might want to be!” On the way back to Odyssey after the conference, the bus was filled with students sharing their experiences from their sessions. One student talked about how she had sensors hooked up to her brain that were measuring her response to various stimulants. Another student talked about working with her group to build a bridge that would hold the most weight possible. Other students learned about investing money in the stock market and the science behind cell phones. It was a great experience!
Such a wonderful program – thank you Ms. Gallagher for all you do for our students!
About Excel Grants: Every year, the Highline Schools Foundation grants teachers the funds they need to support unique and innovative programs in their classrooms that their school’s budget can’t provide. We want to support activities and experiences that expand the learning process and actively engage students. Since the projects origin in February 2002, we have distributed more than $232,000 to HPS through Excel and MAD Grants! Grant requests are accepted each fall and we announce the program on our website and Facebook.