Schools encourage female STEM involvement

Female students from EACS attended a STEM program Friday at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 5:34 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2019 7:49 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - A shortage of women going into science, technology, engineering, and math careers has schools pushing to get more girls involved. 

Female students from EACS attended a STEM program Friday at Purdue Fort Wayne. 

"This is my Chapman senior project. So it's supposed to be a combination of outreach and research and student involvement," said Madison Timbrook, the project coordinator. 

Timbrook said simple experiments like making bath bombs gets girls excited about science, and she wanted to share her knowledge.  

"This is something that I kind of struggled with when I was in middle school. I wanted to better prepare myself before I took harder classes like biology, chemistry, calculus, and physics," she said. 

Women make up only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce. 

"Men are more likely to be in STEM activities, and since there's such a huge push in society to get women out there and encourage them, that's just one of the things I really wanted to focus on today," Timbrook said. 

The internship coordinator with Heritage Junior High School said EACS takes every opportunity to get girls involved in STEM programs and show them they have options. 

"With engineering, the different types of engineering, aerospace or mechanical engineering. As far as science goes, a lot of them like science, so I think going into a biology career or a chemistry career, and then that can expand very far," said Erica Shovlin. 

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