CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) — The first ever Ladies in the Lab workshop took place on UVa grounds Sunday.
Middle and high school girls were invited from local school districts to take part in 15 interactive exhibits run by more than 70 volunteers from several female UVa engineering groups as well as NASA and Capital One.
UVa third-years, Grace Wusk and Trisha Hajela, were behind the eventand explained the importance of encouraging girls to consider pursuing careers in STEM fields.
“In middle and high school, a lot of girls fork off and think math and science is hard,” said Hajela. “Just showing them that it’s not and there are a lot female engineers who love what they do and love innovation is just something that we want to show them.”
“We think females offer a unique prospective to the technical field,” said Wusk. “We really want to encourage younger girls to pursue those futures.”