SD Mines holds Women in Science day for local middle schools

RAPID CITY, S.D. — As a meteorologist, I had the opportunity to spend my March 15 presenting at Women in Science day at South Dakota Mines, with other scientists.

Women in ScienceOrganizers say that the amount of jobs in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are increasing, but there aren’t enough employees entering these careers to fill the gaps.

Females continue to enter these fields at lower rates than men, so organizations like Rapid City Youth in Science offer opportunities for young women to connect with role models in industries they may be interested in.

One common misconception is that students have to excel in STEM subjects at school in order to pursue STEM degrees and careers, but that’s certainly not the case.

“You don’t have to be the top of your class in math or science to have a successful career in STEM. And there’s so many different opportunities, and we really need a diverse perspective to enter our industry,” explains Amy Hasvold, President of Rapid City Youth in Science and Mechanical Engineer for Respec. “So we need people who like art, people who like, you know, creative writing, things like that to come into the industry and really round it out.”

Hundreds of seventh and eighth grade girls are participating in the event March 15 and 16, with presentations offered by female scientists in careers from meteorology to nursing to paleontology.

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