ExplorationWorks! Expo encourages STEM careers for girls - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

ExplorationWorks! Expo encourages STEM careers for girls

Posted: Feb 25, 2018 7:21 PM Updated:

Over 400 people attended the Girls' STEM Expo hosted by ExplorationWorks on Sunday.

The event featured different stations and presentations about STEM fields or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to help spark an interest in young girls to pursue a career in those fields.

Eleven-year-old Katrina Steinhoff wants to be a scientist when she grows up.

"I'd probably study microscopy, which is one of the medical sciences," Steinhoff said.

Steinhoff added that the event helps young girls like herself explore different careers.

"It kind of makes your head want to explode," she said.

The Expo's activities included robots, brain sensory games, and hands-on labs working with chemistry concoctions and more.

X-Team Splash also performed a singing demonstration during which they presented tips on how to conserve water.

"So you shouldn't throw stuff in your toilet because it will clog up and if you do sometimes, it can flood and if you have a leaky faucet it could waste a lot of water so you should fix it," Mary Irby, 9, said.

And every hour, a woman who worked in a STEM field gave a presentation.

Agatha Podrasky is the program manager for spectrUM Discovery Area, which is the University of Montana's hands-on science museum. 

"There's such great diversity in the STEAM field," Podrasky said. "There's so many different kinds of sciences, medical science, astronomy, industry, and building."

Podrasky explained how the natural groundwater system functions in Helena and East Helena.

She added that STEM fields are a crucial foundation in society.

"It's important to have girls that are underrepresented in STEM take part of that," Podrasky said.

The ExplorationWorks STEM Expo required no preregistration and was open to the public.

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