SCIENCE CAREERS: Girls Get STEM Encouragement

Dozens of metro girls donned white lab coats and goggles Wednesday to experiment with the idea of a career in science.

The event brought in girls from the Chrysalis Foundation’s after school program. The goal was to spark an interest in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math.

Girls got to experience firsthand what it would be like to work at DuPont Pioneer from women in the company.

It’s a career path that doesn’t see a lot of women.

In the US currently, only 24 percent of women have jobs in a STEM related field, DuPont Pioneer is trying to change that.

“We need to start early and so they understand early this is fun and there are things that they can do that they`ll enjoy and peak their interest early so they look at it as they get ready to go to college.’

They’re hoping by taking hands on approach they are able to turn around the stigma surrounding women pursuing a STEM related career.

The Chrysalis after school program has provided guidance to over 6,000 girls since it started in 1998.


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