Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 20, 2013 @ 9:22PM
Created on April 20, 2013 @ 4:59PM
As the workplace becomes more high-tech, people with strong backgrounds in math and science will be in high demand. That's why WVU hosted the "Expand Your Horizons" event to encourage young women to get involved in math and science fields.
The conference allowed female mathematicians, scientists, and engineers from around the state share their knowledge and experience with students and answer questions about careers in science. They also had hands-on workshops, like robot sumo wrestling, which made learning a little more fun. Students participating in the program say it was an eye-opening experience.
Middle school student Margaret Smittle said, "I was really excited. I couldn't sleep last night. I want to build computers and work on programs and stuff. It's just kind of important that there's a mix of people, not just all males or just all females."
Organizers say young girls may not realize just how much power they hold when it comes to reaching their potential.
Linda Davis, President Elect of the West Virginia Chapter of the Association of Women in Science, said, "These young women are really the future of the wage earners in West Virginia. Also because we want them to appreciate the fact that they can have a career, raise a family and do all the other things that professional women do."
Hundreds of people from around the state came to this event.
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