Some KOTA Territory students get a chance to have a little fun using science and math.
The goal of the "9th Annual Girls' Day" is to encourage young women to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Thursday, the School of Mines hosted more than 150 middle school students to experience STEM through hands–on activities and lectures from faculty members.
Director of Youth Programs Shawna Delaney says with the number of women under– represented in many of the STEM disciplines, the school sees cultivating the next generation of scientists and engineers as a worthy endeavor.
Delaney explained, "The reason we do this for middle school students is because this is typically the age where students decide if they absolutely love science and engineering or hate it and never want to do it again. Our goal is to get these girls excited about STEM at the age where they will pursue it into high school and a secondary degree.".
More than 40% of industrial engineering graduates from the School of Mines have been women, which is one of the highest numbers for engineering based colleges.