BOZEMAN – Kids who went to the Children’s Museum on Saturday got to work with eight local women engineers to learn about science and math.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the museum hosted its first-ever Women in Engineering Day to celebrate June 23, which is nationally recognized as International Women in Engineering Day.
The day was filled with hands-on activities like using remotes to trigger light, building sand boxes, building with LEGOs to outstand the impact of an earthquake, and working with circuits to transfer electrical currents through playdough.
The entire purpose of the event was to encourage young girls to learn about what STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) offers and what jobs they could pursue in these fields.
The Children’s Museum hopes by providing hands-on activities, the girls who participated will develop interests and create lifelong goals.
"We don’t have very many women going into engineering; it’s problem solving. Women are good at problem solving, so it is just a matter of learning the technical backbone so that you can use the law of physics in your favor,” said Wavelength Electronics CEO Mary Johnson.