SYKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ)— When it comes to science, technology, engineering and math, it seems girls rule. Like never before, these fields are attracting more and more young women into the field.
Mary Bubala reports many are getting their start in high school.
Students at Century High School in Carroll County built a robot. At the controls is Michelle Cady— a senior who has her heart set on becoming an engineer someday.
“I am on the robotics team and it’s a lot of fun to show off our robots,” Cady said. “It’s our first year and everything.”
Cady is one of seven girls at Century who organized a huge fair focused on science, technology, engineering and math.
There is one boy on the executive board.
In the past decade, the number of women going to college for engineering, science, medicine and agriculture has more than doubled.
“I am interested in the science aspect of STEM,” said Jenna Sheldon, Century High School student. “I want to do something with neurology eventually.”
“I am thinking of majoring in agricultural biotechnology and then possibly working in the Environmental Protection Agency. It would be my dream job,” said Deanna Krouse, Century High School student.
“I am interested in art and math and I was like ‘Wow, architecture combines both together,’” said Serena Deshpande, Century High School student.
“I am looking at environmental science and geology kind of as a major next year,” said Hailee Griesmar, Century High School student.
The young women are focused and their school is opening doors and their minds.
“To see more women getting involved is great,” said Daniel Rosewag, Century High School teacher. “Three of our career presenters today . . . we actually only allowed our female students to sign up for, so that we could directly promote women in the STEM industry.”
Century High School even has its own academy that focuses on STEM courses.