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Sometime during the transition from middle school to high school, girls often find their early interest in science and math steered in other directions, often toward careers that fit comfortably into a box of more “traditional” women’s roles. A recent day-long workshop at the University of Kentucky sought to stem that tide by introducing 120 Kentucky middle-school girls to a challenging STEM career.

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Women continue to be under represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, making up only 24 percent of the STEM workforce according to a study from the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The study also found that women hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly in engineering. A University of Kentucky workshop for middle school girls, Expanding Your Horizons, is designed to encourage young women to consider careers in these fields.

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