Women in Science Conference at the School of Mines

RAPID CITY, S.D. -Women continue to make their way into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Scientific careers used to be a man’s world but that continues to change.

“Youth in Science Rapid City” hosted its “Women in Science” conference on Tuesday at the School of Mines. The conference gives middle school girls a day to have hands-on learning experiences, focused solely on STEM careers.

“We have over 830 girls here today,  every single seventh-grader in Rapid City Area School District is here today as well as schools from the surrounding area,” says Amy Hasvold, president of Youth in Science Rapid City.

Girls could go to the wellness center where there were astronomy exhibits and tables with a variety of activities. Activities ranging from: creating nitrogen ice cream and controlling a robot, to medical skills, such as performing injections and basic first aid.

Along with that, there were classroom lectures, where professionals were able to educate the girls on their careers. Our very own Dominique Smith was a guest speaker, teaching the middle schoolers about meteorology.

Although women are making their mark on the field, organizers say there is still work to be done. This is why “Youth in Science Rapid City” wants to introduce girls early on.

“The importance of diversity in science is paramount because we need a diversity of perspectives and ideas to be successful,” says Jeanette McConnell, the conferences’ keynote speaker.

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