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UM Group Works To Recruit More Women To STEM Fields

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SpectrUM Museum at the University of Montana makes a push to get more women to start a career in the tech fields.

Members of SpectrUM Museum said these numbers are partially due to the fact that since the industry is currently dominated by males, women don't see it as an option.

"We're doing robotics mostly with legos and making truck like vehicles," said 9-year-old Mckenna Summers.

Mckenna is one of many children taking part in SpectrUM Museum's spring break robotics camp. She's also the only girl in her age group.

"It's fun to know you actually made something, and you know how you can maybe make something to change the world," Mckenna said.

SpectrUM is dedicated to getting more young people interested in STEM fields, that's science, technology, math and engineering. Museum manager Jessie Herbert said her personal goal is to inspire more women to start a career in these fields.

"My hope is they leave spectrUM feeling like they've had fun, they've learned something, and that it's something they'd continue to pursue in the future," Herbert said.

Herbert is pursuing a career in teaching in STEM fields, so she can educate the younger population about the career opportunities the fields offer.

"There's just more and more careers available in STEM fields, and those are fields continuing to grow and also pay more than other jobs," Herbert said.

She said the field is definitely male-dominated.

"It's currently dominated by males, so women don't see it's something they can get into," Herbert said.

Herbert said women would only benefit the STEM industry.

"Having a female perspective and having women involved is extremely important, because you can have more diverse products and find new solutions," Herbert said.

In an effort to get girls interested in engineering, SpectrUM is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Wyoming and Montana to hold the "Engineer That Girl" event on Saturday. Girls who are registered will meet role models in the STEM fields, and take a look at different career options.

 

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