Science Rocks for Local Girls

Local professionals are encouraging Amarillo girls to get exited about math and science by holding a "Science Rocks" workshop today.

I am told women are generally good communicators and enjoy working as a team, something that is needed in the science and math fields just as much as other fields.

So today Amarillo professionals worked to show girls how valuable their skills are. Many young girls feel careers in fields such as medicine, meteorology, engineering, and chemistry are an not option because of stigmas in society.

Amarillo native and NASA Flight Director Holly Ridings says, "The problem with girls and science and engineering is that they write off that idea, they discount it, they act like it isn't even an option because of the way its viewed and so for me I just want to make sure it is an option, it's an avenue that's open to them."

Some participants say the workshop is giving them the confidence needed to make math and science a part of their lives if they choose to.

Sixth grader Madeline Merriman says, "I more love learning about other ladies about other women who have done stuff and I wish that I could do that stuff and I'm thinking could I ever do that stuff? and I guess you kind of just have to wait and see the future and someday you might."

Sixth grader Georiga Martin says, "Guys always think they can do whatever they want and they are better than girls and that girls really can do whatever guys can do. And I think that's really cool."

To achieve their dreams Ridings says girls should take as many math and science classes as they can before entering college.

Job applicants with math and science skills are in high demand.

Of the 10 fastest growing occupations in the U.S., 8 are science, math, or technology related.