ACU hosts STEM for Girls event Saturday

Four female doctors from Abilene Christian University hosted a STEM for Girls event at the university Saturday for middle school girls who are interested in exploring science, technology, engineering and math concepts and careers.

Those who attended the event had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and the chance to interact with female professors and university students.

KTXS News spoke with Dr. Lori Houghtalen, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics, who has some advice for young girls who are interested in STEM.

"Just ask questions about how you can pursue what you are interested in. Don't be discouraged if it's challenging, a lot of STEM fields have a stereotype of being hard, and sometimes that's true, but it's OK to do hard things," said Dr. Houghtalen.

Dr. Houghtalen also told KTXS News that the university is looking into expanding the STEM for Girls program, which could include a summer program, among other things.

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