According to the College Board’s 2016 SAT Total Group Profile Report, high school boys averaged a score of 524 points on the SAT math section. Girls averaged a score of 494 points. Why the gender performance gap when it comes to math, and what to do about it? Math Matters: Unlocking the Future for Girls, a free event for girls in grades 4 through 8, aims to address this disparity.

Bellevue-based Dreambox Learning is hosting the event, which was strategically scheduled during Women’s History Month. Math Matters will include a panel discussion between accomplished professional women and girls ages 9-14. The discussion will focus on the importance math plays in unlocking potential and achieving career goals. The event takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mar. 13, at the Pacific Science Center Laser Dome.

The women on the panel will be:

  • Veronica Alicea-Galván, King County judge
  • Diana Birkett Rakow, vice president, External Relations, Alaska Airlines
  • Dawn Trudeau, Seattle Storm co-owner, Storm Foundation chairwoman
  • Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO, DreamBox Learning
  • Sherilyn Anderson, CFO, Glassybaby

Apply to attend Math Matters here. Can’t make it to the panel in person, but interested in learning about the importance of math for girls, and how to accommodate them on their mathematical journey? You can livestream the event here.