Men usually dominate math and science fields, but on Thursday girls at the School of Mines work to change that. Nearly 450 middle and high school girls gathered at the Women in Science conference.
They went to different workshops and learned about topics such as chemistry, space, and forensic wildlife biology. All of the guest speakers are successful women in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Organizers and girls attending the event say it's important to have women to look up to.
"Most of my role models are females and they are all in science. And it's true that men most dominate the science part of the world but I feel women could be just as great as men," said Brianna Pfeiffer-Munoz, a sixth grader at Lead-Deadwood Middle School.
"Research has shown that young girls need mentors and they need to actually see women working in certain careers, in order for them to think that looks like me," said Amy Ballard, President of Youth in Science Rapid City.
The Women in Science event has been happening since 2003.