Norfolk, Va. (WAVY) - Local girl scouts got the chance to be 'scientists for a day' at Norfolk State University Saturday.
The 'Science Alive' event was designed to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
NSU leaders say the percentage of women in STEM fields is statistically lower than that of their male counterparts.
One girl scout told 10 On Your Side, the event showed her science could be fun. Ariel Salerno of Troop 946 in Suffolk says her favorite activity of the day was making a plastic rocket.
"We put it together piece by piece, went outside, lit it up and shot it in the air," said Salerno.
The STEM event was funded through a TechBridge grant.
"We do things that are fun, exciting and really are an 'aha' moment for some girls," said Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at NSU. "They're able to be successful and they like it."
Dr. DeLoatch hopes to make 'Science Alive' an annual event.
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