More than 400 girls inspired to study STEM subjects at annual event

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- Pink filled the sky Saturday as a parachute team descended upon Huntsville at the University of Alabama-Huntsville campus.

They were the famed US Army Golden Knights, many of whom are female soldiers.

Dannielle Woosley is one of them.

"I've done [jumps] over 4000 times and it never gets old," she said. "It's so exciting to see the impact we can have on younger kids. Especially younger girls."

But the Golden Knights weren't the stars of the day.

They were a warm-up and surprise for the main focus of the day: a group of 3rd-5th graders at UAH's Girls in Science and Engineering Day. They came to learn all about what makes science, technology, engineering, and math cool, and inspire them to persue careers in those fields.

As April Harris, UAH Assoc. VP for University Events, said, "It's not just a man's world."

Emily Vandiver, a female engineer who helped organize the event, said it's all about showing the girls these careers are attainable.

"Events like these help them to know they can do this sort of thing," she said.

Redstone Arsenal's LTG Patricia McQuistion attended the event for the third year in a row, representing the US Army Materiel Command.

"We want to show these girls that there are people that are rooting for them, they're pulling for them," she said. "[We] want them to know they can achieve anything they dream of."

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