The Astoria branch of the American Association of University Women is kicking off its new year with a panel presentation on the importance of the sciences to women and girls at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Flag Room of the Astoria Library, 450 10th St.

Middle school panelists Soleil Rathmell-Stokes and Keria Long recount their recent experiences at a summer Tech Trek camp for girls; Astoria High School senior Rowan Fay talks about her work to form a robotics club at the school; and educator and librarian Libby Lawrence discusses the importance of a science-oriented curriculum for girls and the careers open to them.

Attendees also have an opportunity to become familiar with AAUW and its planned events for the year. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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