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WINGS Conference steers young girls to math and science careers

8th grade students learning about careers in health care. 8th grade students learning about careers in health care.

Professionals and educators hope a local conference will get young girls excited about math and science careers. More than 200 8th grade girls from all over Siouxland attended the "WINGS" Conference.

The program included keynote speakers and workshops. One of the workshops introduced girls to careers in healthcare, where they learned about nutrition and basic vital statistics.

During another workshop students conducted science experiments to understand the building blocks that can lead to careers in engineering, physics, and other science fields.

"What helps us here is that we have resourced women, who are doing these careers who are successful, and these young girls can look at these women as mentors," Stacie Hayes, Conference Planning Committee said.

Math and science careers are often regarded as non-traditional choices for women, so conference organizers say it's important to reach out to young girls early.

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