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Girls+Math+Science= Opportunities. Presented by: Agnesian HealthCare Moraine Park Technical College UW-Fond du Lac & UW-Extension With major support from NEWAHEC (Northeast Wisconsin Area Heath Education Center).

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Girls math science opportunities

Girls+Math+Science= Opportunities

Presented by:

Agnesian HealthCare

Moraine Park Technical College

UW-Fond du Lac & UW-Extension

With major support from NEWAHEC

(Northeast Wisconsin Area Heath Education Center)

Presented by: Agnesian HealthCare, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Fond du Lac & UW-Extension Achiever Sponsors: NEWAHEC, St. Agnes Hospital Foundation

Believer Sponsors: Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Mercury Marine, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Dreamer Sponsors: AAUW, University of Wisconsin-Extension And Others: 4-H Youth Development, CitizensFirst Credit Union, Doll and Associates, S.C., Elementastic, FDL High School Physics Department, Fond du Lac Public Library, Fondy Fire FIRST Robotics Team, Girl Scouts Manitou Council, Girlz Planning Committee, GMSO Planning Committee, Maurice’s, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Presented by: Agnesian HealthCare, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Fond du Lac & UW-Extension Achiever Sponsors: NEWAHEC, St. Agnes Hospital Foundation

Believer Sponsors: Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Mercury Marine, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Dreamer Sponsors: AAUW, University of Wisconsin-Extension And Others: 4-H Youth Development, CitizensFirst Credit Union, Doll and Associates, S.C., Elementastic, FDL High School Physics Department, Fond du Lac Public Library, Fondy Fire FIRST Robotics Team, Girl Scouts Manitou Council, Girlz Planning Committee, GMSO Planning Committee, Maurice’s, Milwaukee School of Engineering


Our sponsors and partners

Founding Sponsors:

Agnesian HealthCare, Moraine Park Technical College,

University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac

Achiever Sponsor:

2008-09 UW-Extension Program Innovation Fund

Northeastern Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (NEWAHEC)

Believer Sponsors:

AAUW, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Fond du Lac Area Foundation,

Mercury Marine, Moraine Park Technical College Foundation

UW-Fond du Lac Foundation

In Collaboration With:

4-H Youth Development, Boys & Girls Club, Doll and Associates, S.C., Fond du Lac Police Department, Fond du Lac Public Library, Fondy Fire FIRST Robotics Team, Girl Scouts Manitou Council, Girlz Planning Committee, GMSO Planning Committee, Maurice’s,

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Presented by: Agnesian HealthCare, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Fond du Lac & UW-Extension Achiever Sponsors: NEWAHEC, St. Agnes Hospital Foundation

Believer Sponsors: Fond du Lac Area Foundation, Mercury Marine, Moraine Park Technical College, UW-Fond du Lac Foundation Dreamer Sponsors: AAUW, University of Wisconsin-Extension And Others: 4-H Youth Development, CitizensFirst Credit Union, Doll and Associates, S.C., Elementastic, FDL High School Physics Department, Fond du Lac Public Library, Fondy Fire FIRST Robotics Team, Girl Scouts Manitou Council, Girlz Planning Committee, GMSO Planning Committee, Maurice’s, Milwaukee School of Engineering


Some history
Some history…..

  • Middle school years are difficult and challenging for girls

  • Girls become intimidated by science and math

  • ‘Boys are better’ (no, they aren’t!!)

  • By high school it’s too late to create an interest in science and math


2008 gmso program goals
2008 GMSOProgram Goals

  • Increase awareness of careers in math & science

  • Understand how to pursue a career in math or science

  • Develop confidence that math & science careers are achievable

  • Raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (new goal in 2006)

  • Interact with female role models in math and science fields


2008 gmso some history
2008 GMSOSome History………….

GMSO 2005 - 140 participants

GMSO 2006 - 216 participants

GMSO 2007 – 200 participants

GMSO 2008 - 230 participants


2008 GMSO

Keynote Speaker: Teale Greylord

UW-Oshkosh student

‘No offense mom, but people your age are old’

Kelleigh Doyle, May 2006


2008 GMSOWhere the participants were from:

  • Fond du Lac

  • Brandon

  • Berlin

  • Ripon

  • Horicon

  • Manitowoc

  • Two Rivers

  • Fox Point, Bayside

  • West Bend

  • Campbellsport

  • Brownsville


2008 gmso how did the girls hear about gmso
2008 GMSOHow did the girls hear about GMSO?


2008 gmso hands on workshops
2008 GMSOHands-on workshops

DNA Without a Microscope

  • 98% of the participants indicated the course was good or awesome.


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2008 GMSOHands-on workshops

Bubble Bubble Toil

& Trouble

  • 95% of the participants indicated the course was good or awesome


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2008 GMSOHands-on workshops

Scientists at the Crime Scene

  • 98% of the participants indicated the course was good or awesome


2008 GMSOPurely Social Lunch

Q: why no academic component?

A: They are middle schoolers and need a break.


2008 gmso for the parents
2008 GMSOFor the Parents

Presentation: Have a Clue: Mood Changes & Other Baffling Mysteries of Middle School Girls

100% of 29 respondents indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that they gained:

  • A better understanding of biological/hormonal changes related to mood changes and sleep issues.

  • A better understanding of how to manager irrational thought patterns and behaviors.

    95% of 29 respondents indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that they gained an:

  • Increase in understanding of biological changes enough to determine what is worth worrying about and what is not.


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2008 GMSOFor the Parents

  • Presentation: Really! It’s Time to Start Thinking about College!

  • 100% of 28 respondents indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that they:

  • Learned key tips and tools to help my daughter prepare for the skills and resources she’ll

  • need to acquire in middle school if she is to attend a post-secondary institution.

  • Learned how to pick the appropriate high school classes

  • Learned how to explore college options

  • Learned about options for paying for college


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2008 GMSOFor the Parents

Presentation: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Her

100% of 26 respondents indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that they:

  • Gained a better understanding of blogging, surfing, Facebook, MySpace, and other sites my daughter may visit

  • Learned how to implement computer and Internet parental controls

  • Increased my awareness of the Internet’s power and pitfalls


2008 gmso judy goldsmith young woman leadership awards
2008 GMSOJudy Goldsmith Young WomanLeadership Awards

Two Judy Goldsmith Young Woman Leadership Award recipients were selected on the basis of academic achievement, service orientation (volunteering), commitment to bettering the world, involvement in organizations and evidence of leadership, peer mediation, and strong writing ability. This award was meant to recognize and encourage young women showing evidence of these qualities in their day-to-day lives.Each recipient received a $500 savings bond.

This year’s recipients were Erin Steward and Brianna Gruenwald


2008 gmso essay contest
2008 GMSOEssay Contest

  • GMSO participants were given five "Dear 911" letters presenting different social, intellectual, and emotional problems that a middle school girl may encounter.  Using their own personal experiences, as well as insight gained through the GMSO conference,  they chose two situations and offered advise to their peers.

  • The Girlz committee selected the winners. This year’s top winner was Emily Chaltry.

Sponsored by Fond du Lac Public Library


2008 gmso outcomes
2008 GMSOOutcomes

Of 203 participants responding to the program evaluation the following agreed or strongly agreed:

  • (70%) - have a more positive attitude towards math

  • (80%) - have more positive attitude towards science

  • (76%) - more interested in careers in math or science

  • (87%) - more aware of the skills and abilities needed in math

  • or science related careers

  • (80%) - more aware of women as role models in math or science careers

  • (79%) - willing to consider careers in math or science that they had not

  • thought about previously

  • (86%) - think more about their futures

  • (83%) - more aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle


2008 GMSOOutcomes

Participant comments:

  • ‘I learned that girls can do anything’

  • ‘I learned that just because it has science and math doesn’t mean it isn’t fun. It is.’

  • ‘I learned that there are a lot of science/math careers that I didn’t know about.’

  • ‘It’s not just for boys, it’s for girls too.’


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2008 GMSOOutcomes

96.4% of the girls stated they

would recommend this conference to a friend.


2008 gmso new initiatives
2008 GMSONew Initiatives

The Girls + Math = Opportunities Center, available to middle and high school girls on 15 days mid-October through mid-December, has provided 53 hours of math, pre-algebra and algebra tutoring to middle school girls and another 12.75 hours of algebra, algebra II, geometry and pre-calculus tutoring to high school girls.


2008 GMSONew Initiatives


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