Local College Teams up with School District to Encourage Girls to Pursue Math and Science Careers

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Updated: 5/17/2013 4:08 pm
        Legos, rockets and DNA testing are all parts of what make up the math and science fields, and today middle school girls from School District 93 got to learn more about these sciences.

School District 93 has teamed up with Eastern Idaho Technical College to give these girls some fun experiences in the math and science fields to hopefully persuade them to go into these careers later on in life.

“Today I got to dissect a pig’s heart” said 8th grader Marin Gorman.

“Well I did the DNA Don’t Lie lab so we tested some fingerprints and kind of acted like we were on a crime scene and we even got to take our own DNA and see that” said 8th grader Addy Kirkham.

“It’s exciting to put this thing on and do all the planning but really the best reward is when I get to walk around the look at these workshops and this workshop right here and just that they’re having fun, they’re excited and hopefully they’ll take away just a passion for these fields and for these subjects” said Coordinator for Center of New Directions Eric Langley.

About 132 girls from Sandcreek Middle School and Rocky Mountain Middle School came to do the experiments.

“Our goal is to expose middle school girls to STEM careers, STEM activities in hopes of really trying to light a fire underneath them and really encourage them to go on to strong math and sciences whey they get to high school and college” continued Langley.

“I think that I wasn’t really thinking about it before but after today it seems like something that I’d like to do” continued Kirkham.

“Yeah I definitely know what I want to do when I get older, I definitely want to be science or medical or something like that” said 8th grader Brianne Langley.

Eastern Idaho Technical College and District 93 hope to continue to have more hands-on workshops like these in the future.

The girls that attended the event were chosen by their teachers. There were about 60 girls from each middle school.

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