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Girls and Science Pairs Youngsters with Professionals in STEM Careers

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Doesn't sitting in a clubhouse while you listen to women talk about their work in rocket science, forensic art and animal disease detecting sound just awesome? That's what kids who attend Saturday's Girls and Science event at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science can expect. "We initially thought about putting together a kind of career fair," explains Peggy Day, DMNS director of strategic projects. "But we wanted to do something much more meaningful to girls so they can actually interact with women scientists." See also: DIY Feminist Science Writer Margaret Wertheim Discusses the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

"We went out and recruited seventeen different science role models from all different kinds of careers in the state," continues Day. "We asked them to envision their jobs as a clubhouse, and they're going to be bringing the kids into their clubhouse, where the role models will have tools of the trade that they do for a living, but also items that represent themselves as a person, like a guitar or a pair of skis." The museum and CBS4, which is co-sponsoring the event, looked for a wide variety of women to include, she notes, including botanic illustrators and a television meteorologist.

"It's going to be an informal way for girls to learn more about science and what they can do with their lives," says Day, "and it's going to give them access to women who have already gotten into it. And they're all so passionate about this! They feel so strongly about getting girls involved."

The event will include such interactive components as a weather green-screen, and there will even be teen science scholars available to talk with kids, including one ninth-grader who's written, illustrated and published a book about marine biology. "The museum is so excited to empower the community and especially young people about science," Day says. "It's a big thing for us and everyone else who's involved."

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, and is included with the cost of admission. Visit dmns.org/girlsandscience to learn more.

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