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Annual Girls-n-Science event held in Billings

Event offered girls an introduction to STEM
Posted at 4:34 PM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 07:44:42-04

Girls who may be pursuing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM) received some encouragement on Saturday.

Girls-n-Science provided an opportunity to learn about careers in these fields at 31 different booths.

Girls from fourth through eighth grades were invited to participate in the event held in Alterowitz Gym at the Montana State University-Billings's campus.


The event used to be called "Chicks-n-Science," but the same ideas are still used now to introduce girls to STEM.


"If they don't know how fun it can be and they don't know that those options are even out there, then they tend to go towards other things," said Michelle McMullen, MSUB lecturer. "This way, at least they've been exposed and they have that idea in their head and maybe some really good excitement and fun memories attached to it."

"The cool thing about this event is that there are fun loving women in cool professions and that they want to share that with the next generation," said Dr. Claire Oakley, Director of Health Promotion at Riverstone Health.

Girls-n-Science finished with "A taste of STEM," which was a dinner that gave the girls a chance to meet with women working in STEM careers.