Local female high school students encouraged to consider engineering

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Local high school female students had a glimpse into the life of an engineer on Friday as part of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day in Overland Park, Kan.

More than 200 local students were given a sneak peek into the STEM field at the Overland Park Convention Center.

The event featured businesses from all over the Kansas City Metro, and allowed girls a chance to get hands-in experience in the field.

Right now, there’s a push to get more women involved in the field, as only about 10 percent of engineers are female.

“I think a big part of that is our culture,” said engineer Kristin Murray. “There are more toys for boys that are special reasoning, such as Legos. A lot of girls don’t see that connection to helping and making a difference as easily.”

The day also included a time for students to talk and ask questions of college engineering students about what classes they should take in the future if they decide to go the engineering route.

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