New STEM program for girls in Lexington

Published: Jan. 24, 2017 at 9:33 PM EST
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Organizers of a new program hope it will lead to more girls becoming interested in science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton has teamed up with the Kentucky Commission on Women for the "Lt. Governor's STEM Challenge for Girls." It is a pilot program at Leestown and Tates Creek Middle Schools in Lexington.

Organizers hope it inspires girls to pursue interests in STEM fields.

"We have found that a lot of times when they decide to go into STEM programs, that they're not prepared properly. So if we can get them younger, expose them to the opportunities, they have a much better chance of being prepared and ready to go into these programs," Kentucky Commission on Women Executive Director Cordelia Harbut said.

33 students have been accepted into the STEM Challenge. They will attend sessions at their schools that will be held every few weeks for the rest of the school year.