Building the future means encouraging jobs in stem fields, particularly for young girls.

That was the goal of an event today at Michigan Tech called Get WISE – or Get Women in Science and Engineering. 7th and 8th grade girls from the Western U.P. participated in some hands on activities including filtering water, working with circuits, and replicating the anatomy of a heart.

Liz Fujita, event coordinator, said, “We think it’s really important that the girls get exposed to working in teams, solving problems together, and learning that you can do science and engineering. I think sometimes in middle school you start to get that idea that science is for nerds, but we want them to know that science is actually really cool and it’s everywhere in our everyday lives. Every year we see them solve these problems differently and no two groups ever have the same idea but they all work. So that’s part of the point.”

According to, women make up only 24 percent of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math careers.