STEM program looks to lead girls into career field

ANCHORAGE (KTUU)- Introducing girls to science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM; on Saturday, hundreds of young women from kindergarten to 12th grade attended workshops with hands-on learning opportunities with local scientists.

The Girl Scouts of Alaska held its Women of Science and Technology Day, open to all girls interested in learning more about STEM careers.

Caitlyn Paul, an 8th Grader at Central Middle School, said she loves engineering and science. “I am considering a career in those things," said Paul.

The U.S. Department of Commerce says nationally women are under-represented in stem degrees and jobs, with less than a quarter of all STEM jobs being held by women in 2015.

UAA chemistry professor, Dr. Toshia Wrenn, said it's a slow change, but more women are entering the world of STEM. "For a long time, women were kind of excluded. It was an 'old boys club,' so it was really hard for women to get involved," Wrenn reflected.

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