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EYH at Berkeley eyhberkeleyinfo@gmail.com
National Office
(510)430-2222
info@expandingyourhorizons.org

FAQ


This area has been prepared to help you better understand the mission and goals of Expanding Your Horizons conferences for young women. 

General Questions
Q: When and where is the next Berkeley Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference?
A: The Berkeley EYH Conference will be held in March 17, 2018 on the UC Berkeley campus.

Q: Why are conferences of this type necessary?
A: The 2000 Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development (CAWMSET) stated, "Today's U.S. economy depends more than ever on the talents of skilled, high-tech workers. To sustain America's preeminence we must take drastic steps to change the way we develop our workforce. An increasingly large proportion of the workforce consists of women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities- groups not well represented in science, engineering and technology (SET) fields." Furthermore, our whole nation profits when women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

Q: What is Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)?
A: The Berkeley EYH is an annual career conference specially designed for girls in grades 5 through 8 from local school districts. The conference encourages girls interest in science and mathematics and provides positive female role models in science, math, and engineering careers. At EYH conferences girls don’t just hear about science, they do science!

Q: What are the impacts of Expanding Your Horizons conferences?
A: Expanding Your Horizons conferences for young women:

1) Provide a forum for girls to engage with women involved in STEM.
2) Promote interaction with peers in hands-on activities.
3) Introduce girls to a variety of STEM careers and encourage them to pursue the exploration of STEM.

Q: What will I do at an EYH?
A: You’ll  participate several hands-on workshops that will be taught by scientists, engineers, or other professionals and involve hands-on interactive instruction. Hands-on workshops include activities such as playing with lego robots, extracting their own DNA, and bridge building.  You’ll meet with female role models who work in a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and careers and hear their stories.  You’ll learn how fulfilling and exciting STEM careers can be and they begin to change their perceptions of the women who work in these careers.

Q: Is food provided?
A: Girls attending the conference are provided with a snack and lunch.  Vegetarian meal options are available for those requesting it.

Q: Where can I watch a video to see more about what happens at a conference?
A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IYh0hBdE5U

Q: What is the national office of Expanding Your Horizons?
A: The national EYH office coordinates over 85 EYH conferences each year throughout the world. For a complete listing of EYH conference, please visit Expanding Your Horizons Network.
 
Registration

Q: When does registration open?
A: General registration will be available through these links at 7pm on February 15: Girls' Registration and Parents' Registration. Space is limited and the conference fills up quickly. We encourage you to register early.

Q: How do I register for the conference?
A: The preferred method of registration is online. After completing the registration process, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the next steps required to complete your registration process. You will receive your schedule with assigned workshops at registration on the day of the conference.

Q: How much does it cost to attend?
A: It costs $15 to register a girl for EYH. Parents may attend our parent workshops for $5 and are also required to register.

Q: What if I cannot afford the registration fee?
A: Scholarships are available.  Students will be able to request scholarships when they register.

Q: I paid for the conference but now cannot attend. Can I get a refund?
A: To request a refund, please send an email to eyhberkeleyinfo@gmail.com.

Q: Can I come as a stand-by on the day of the conference?
A: We accept stand-by registration on the day of the conference on a first-come, first-served basis and as space allows. You must come to the registration desk to make sure she gets into the conference and to pay the registration fee. Workshops will be assigned as space allows.

Attendance:

Q: Can I register even though I am not yet in 5th grade?
A: Due to space limitations and the popularity of the conference, we are forced to turn away students every year within the advertised grade group. Also, the curriculum content is geared to this age group. Please come back when your you are in!

Q: Can my mom be with me the day of the conference?
A: You  need to be mature enough to attend the conference without a parent.  Student workshops are just for students. Your mom may not tag along with you at the conference. Parents who would like to volunteer may sign up online (see our Volunteers page), but no accommodation can be made for parents attending workshops with their kids.

The following questions are included for parents of conference attendees.

Q: Is there a way I can be notified via email with information (e.g. registration dates) for next year's conference?
A: Yes! You can receive information about our upcoming conference via email by subscribing to our parent email list. To subscribe, please send an email to eyhberkeleyinfo@gmail.com. with the subject "Join EYH parent list". You will receive an email to confirm your subscription. Be sure to click on the activation link to complete your subscription request or else you will not be successfully added. Questions regarding the list can also be addressed to eyhberkeleyinfo@gmail.com..

Q: My daughter wants to be in the same workshop as her friend, sister, etc., and won't go if she can't be. Can she get in even though it says full?
A: We cannot guarantee the same workshops, but we can coordinate your daughter's schedule for the day so that she has the same lunch and special activity session as her friends or sister. Please indicate the name(s) of the girl(s) she wishes to be coordinated with in the comment area when she registers.

Q: When do we know what workshops were assigned to our daughter?
A: Your daughter will receive her workshop assignments upon registration.

Q: Where do you I drop-off my girl for check-in on the day of the event?
A: Registration will be located in the lobby of the Valley Life Sciences Building on the UC Berkeley Campus. If you would like to drop your girl(s) off, drop off will be in the West Circle.

Adult Program

Q: Do I need to pre-register to attend the adult program?
A: Yes, the adult program is limited. As with registration for girls, registration for parents is done online. Registration for capped parent workshops will open on the same day as general registration.

Q: Where can I park for the day?
A: Good question! Parking can be tough in Berkeley, so we strongly encourage carpooling and using public transit. Still, if driving is your only option, you can try to park at the following locations (expect to pay at least $1.50 per hour):

 
  • Bancroft garage, between College and Bowditch (Hearst Memorial Gym)
  • Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) garage, at Bancroft and Ellsworth
  • Haste and Ellsworth garage
  • Street parking, where available (please check signs for hourly rates and maximum parking times)

A map of Berkeley parking can be found here. You can also consult the City of Berkeley's parking page for more information.