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EMU Giving Middle School Girls Chance To Explore STEM Fields

Nov 2, 2017

Students work on a computer at a previous Digital Divas event.
Credit Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University is giving girls a chance Friday to learn more about careers in the tech sector and other fields they may not have been considering.

Hundreds of middle school-aged girls will be on campus for EMU’s annual Digital Divas event.

It was started 7 years ago as part of a larger effort to get more middle school-aged girls interested in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM fields.

Dr. Susan Gregory is a professor at EMU’s College of Technology.  She says since then, they’ve seen an increase in the number of women pursuing careers in the STEM fields, but more still needs to be done.

“It’s slightly up, but it’s still only 12 percent,” says Gregory.

Digital Divas will cover a variety of issues this year, including careers in cyber security and the use of unmanned aerial drones.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him studio@wemu.org