Local girls who have a passion for science got to take part in hands-on workshops at RIT on Saturday. RIT hosted its “Girls in STEM” fair at the Golisano College Atrium.
Girls in the 5th grade through high school got to see demonstrations from women in engineering and computer science jobs.
The event hopes to break the long-held precedent of engineering being a male-dominated field.
“And the cool part is that we got to reach out to other women and programs across campus, bring us all together to celebrate and be united, and to show young girls that STEM is awesome and there is so many opportunities for them,” Nykki Matthews, the director of Women in Technology, said.
RIT is one of hundreds of schools across the country that holds events like this.
“We’re thrilled, because our goal is to create opportunities and pathways to show they can succeed in STEM,” Donna Burnette, the director of RIT K-12 University, said. “We want to show them the way.”