Math Options

Math Options

2019 Math Options Career Day will be held on Tuesday, May 7

Penn State Behrend Math Options Career Day in Erie, PAWelcome to the Math Options program, a math, science, technology, engineering, and business career day for seventh- and eighth-grade girls. This program has been designed to provide information on careers in mathematics, engineering, technology, and the sciences to young women at a time when they are making important academic decisions. Girls from schools in Erie, Crawford, Potter, Venango, and Warren counties attend the Math Options program.

Looking Back: Math Options Career Day 2018

On May 8, 2018, the Youth Education Outreach Office hosted the 22nd annual Math Options Career Day. Nearly 200 female students from 36 schools experienced interactive workshops while meeting women and men who work in STEM fields.

Our keynote speaker was J. Appallonia Hardner. J. Appallonia Hardner (“Appa”) is a game developer, software engineer, and Class of 2018 Penn State Behrend graduate. Appa decided to be a programmer at around age 13 and self-taught coding back in high school. At Behrend, Appa took the first actual software programming class, then quickly ramped up into classes that taught one how to be a software engineer and a game developer and prepared Appa for internships at IBM and Microsoft. This past spring, Appa published a game to Steam and in August returns to Microsoft, where she works on the HoloLens software development team.

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