Local Middle School Girls Become Scientists for a Day

Posted at 10:44 PM, May 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-13 17:36:26-04

ST. TERESA, Fla. (WTXL)--20 middle school girls from Leon and Gadsden counties got the chance to become scientists today as part of Florida State University's "Girls Investigating Science Day."

In partnership with Florida State's Coastal and Marine Laboratory, the girls had the chance to travel to St. Teresa to work side by side with marine scientists.

One participant said the girl's only event helps boost their confidence in working in a typically male dominated field.

"For any girls who are interested in Science, they should really come out here. It's really fun. It's an all girls atmosphere so you can share a lot of things. I think it shows them that girls can have a big impact on the way that the environment is and it's science. So girls can also do the same things boys can do," said Emily Perez.

The girls also took a boat ride out to the seagrass beds in the area to collect marine species and weather data. They then analyzed their data back at the lab.