Over 700 7th graders flood School of Mines for 2018 Women in Science Conference

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RAPID CITY , S.D. (KEVN) - 34-percent of environmental engineers and around 23-percent of chemical engineers are women and South Dakota School of Mines Women in Science Conference is aiming to increase those numbers.

"The thing about STEM is that it can be a starting point for other careers." Jeanne Deaver, 2018 keynote speaker for the conference.

The conference is a career learning workshop catering to 7th grade girls in the black hills...that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The event also gives the students a chance to network with the women the STEM field.

"Diversity is always important in any field and the number of women in STEM is still extremely low, so we just wanted to inspire girls to pursue stem and realize its for everyone," said Youth in Science president, Amy DiRienzo.

According Dirienzo, this is the first time that the conference has had every 7th grade girl from Rapid City in attendance.

"Research shows that girls decide whether or not they like or good at Math and Science right about 7th grade so we want to catch them at that time."