To learn and help others learn – that is the mission statement of STEM for Girls in Minot.
This afternoon, nearly 70 fourth through eighth grade girls got to put their minds to work with help from the MSU Science Club.
These girls spent hours in the science building today, and let me tell you, they were ready for the challenge.
The science club put a mock crime scene together, and then the girls got to work to figure out who was “guilty.”
I spoke with some girls who were ready to prove that they have a bright future in STEM careers.
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – jobs in this field, are also known as STEM careers.
One organization in Minot has made it it’s goal to encourage young females who are interested, to learn more.
(Melissa Stanley, Co-Advisor, STEM for Girls) “We also want girls to know that fields that are predominantly male – there’s room for them in those fields.”
The students spent today in the MSU science center testing their skills – and Stanley says she is proud to see their determination.
(Melissa Stanley, Co-Advisor, STEM for Girls) “They’re very smart and capable. They have goals, and they want the world to know that girls are smart and articulate.”
(Brekkyn Meigs, Grade 7) “We’re girls – we have the power to do whatever we want!”
(Zoe Weishaar, Grade 8) “It’s fun. And we get to do what we want to do.”
Even at a young age, Stanley says a passion for the sciences pushes these girls to keep working towards their dreams – which are big ones.
(Addison Sorenson, Grade 7) “I really want to be a pediatrician when I grow up, and I feel like this will help me get there.
(Brekkyn Meigs, Grade 7) “A doctor of some sort, because I would really love to save people’s lives.”
They told me that they think all young females who are curious about these fields, should give it a shot.
(Addison Sorenson, Grade 7) “Girls can come here and learn something, and have the same opportunities as boys do.
(Brekkyn Meigs, Grade 7) “It’s just a great opportunity for you to become what you want to be when you get older.”
(Addison Sorenson, Grade 7) “Science is a world of creativity.”
Those were some pretty inspiring young ladies.
To get involved in STEM or learn more, visit http://www.womeninbio.org/about-us?gclid=CPD0-4fLrNECFROewAodxuwGCw