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Yakima conference hopes to prepare the next generation of female scientists

YAKIMA, Wash - Fewer women than men, pursue careers in fields like biology, chemistry and mathematics. But a today in Yakima, professional female scientists are trying to change that.

According to educators, getting girls interested in math and science early in life is the key to developing more professional female scientists and engineers.

Today in Yakima, The University of Washington's Gear Up Program held a conference for over 100 young girls. The event is designed to nurture girls interest in science and math, and encourage them to consider careers in engineering, computer science and physics.

The girls had a chance to conduct experiments, and meet  women who have made a career out of science and math. Organizers say since the began the program, more women are studying subjects like biology and chemistry in college.

 

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