Program encouraging Central Ohio girls to think about careers in STEM fields
Whitney Kuma is a freshman on the robotics team at Westerville North High.
She spent her 8th-grade year in the district's Mentors Opening Doors Program (MODEL) learning about science, technology, engineering, and math- known as STEM.
"It really just me made feel a bit more secure about doing engineering since it's mostly a male-dominated field," says Kuma.
Wednesday, the next generation of students got the chance to hear from local women in the field.
"It's really inspiring. It makes me want to do something like that when I'm older,” says Sabrina Freshly.
The goal is to get the girls thinking about STEM fields as they sign up for high school classes next year.
"Learning more about it makes me want to push myself to try it,” says Jalissa Lopez.
The district hopes that these girls will eventually pursue ambitious careers in a traditionally male-dominated field.
"I feel as if women are really making an impact and making a change today," adds panelist Bronte Johnson.
For Kuma, the program gave her the encouragement she needed to dream big. Her goal now is to become a robotic engineer.
"I mean, you're going to get looked down on sometimes. That's just how it goes, but you just have to move on and keep doing what you're doing."