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.