Local girls get hands on inspiration at college conference

Women are unrepresented in stem programs. Stem stands for science, technology, engineering and math. That's why one college is working to help inspire the next generation in these areas.

Posted: Oct 30, 2017 9:02 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2017 9:02 PM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI)- Women are unrepresented in stem programs. Stem stands for science, technology, engineering and math. That's why one college is working to help inspire the next generation in these areas. 

Claire Daily is a 7th grader at Woodrow Wilson. Daily was one of over 60 girls to come to Saint Mary of the Woods College Saturday. The university hosted a program to help girls on deciding their future careers.

"I know this is an all-girls school and its really neat to have all girls here and to work with them," said Daily.

She attended this year's Expanding Your Horizons conference. It's a program to open young women like Daily to stem programs but event coordinator Maria Sellers says the goal of this event isn't to give them an edge in school.

"It’s no longer competing with someone in their class,” says Sellers. “This day is all about them and what they want to take away. They can choose what sessions they go to and what knowledge they are going to leave with."

There were nine different workshops they could choose. Forensic work, slime making and a workshop on how to bandage broken bones were just a few to mention. There was also an inspirational speaker to let them know they can be whoever they want to be.

Saint Mary’s and Purdue are the only universities in Indiana to hold this program. Fr these educators they hope to get any of these young girls more involved in these growing careers.

"It’s a huge opportunity for girls to see that science matters here. That we take these stem careers seriously in college and that we are willing to empower women to take that next step and to continue it," said Sellers. 

This was the 10th year the university held this conference. They hope to get more involved in the years to come.

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