Thursday, September 29, 2011

Virginia Girl Scouts Become Scientists for a Day

Virginia's WAVY TV 10 reports that local girl scouts got the chance recently to be 'scientists for a day' at Norfolk State University. The 'Science Alive' event was designed to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

NSU leaders say the percentage of women in STEM fields is statistically lower than that of their male counterparts.

"We do things that are fun, exciting and really are an 'aha' moment for some girls," said Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at NSU. "They're able to be successful and they like it."

Dr. DeLoatch hopes to make 'Science Alive' an annual event.

Are there similar STEM focused programs for girls in your community?