TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The International Day of Women and Girls in Science occurs annually on Feb. 11, and colleges in the Capitol City took the opportunity to introduce young girls to the STEM fields.
The number of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields are growing, and local colleges are trying to increase that number even more.
TCC, FSU and FAMU teamed up to teach young girls about STEM fields and connect with female professionals in the industry. Girls in grades 5th through 11th from Title I schools around Leon County were invited to the event held at FAMU.
The event organizers wanted to make sure that the young girls were given the opportunity to see what they can become.
"This is really, really important because if they can’t see themselves in it, then it becomes out of reach for them,” said Dr. Adrienne Stephenson, an assistant dean at FSU. “So the goal is to immerse themselves in it today, so it can become reachable for them.”
This was the third year of the program, but the first one at FAMU. They look forward to continuing this program in the future.