HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Women’s Leadership Council welcomed hundreds of invigorated and inspired Madison County girls to their annual Girls’ Science and Engineering Day. This event has molded young minds in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for the past seven years.
Minds like that of Riverton Intermediate School Fourth Grader Erin Cleary. She said her mom told her about Saturday’s event on UAH’s campus and she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“She said that I could learn a bunch of new science and engineering things and I’m like, ‘Okay, that sounds fun I’m already kind of in to that,” Cleary said.
Cleary joined around 450 other 3rd through 5th grade girls from across Madison County for the big event.
“They are just treated to wonderful work shops,” Women’s Leadership Council’s Emily Vandiver explained. “They get to make jitterbugs, they get to extract DNA from a strawberry.”
Twenty-four different stations centered around STEM – hands on learning that allows their minds to soar to new levels.
“These young people make me feel so proud of them and bring so much passion and so much energy,” Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham pf Tank Automotive and Armaments Life Cycle Command said. “That’s what we need in our military or to help us with our military is to be on the cutting edge of technology.”
A gathering that inspired future innovation and constructed confidence in the heart and minds of young girls.
“They see that it is fun to do these things; they also see that it’s cool to be smart,” Vandiver said.
Saturday’s event required a group effort. More than 250 volunteers offered their time to help the girls. Boeing, Crestwood Medical Center, PPG Industries and Lockheed Martin teamed up to sponsor the event.