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ExxonMobil encourages young girls in STEM with engineering day

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

ExxonMobil helped dozens of young girls learn more about engineering. 

The 12th annual "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" was held Monday at BREC's Greenwood Park. 

Process Design Engineer Susie Nguyen and other female ExxonMobil designers and engineers showed about 70 local girls the fun they can have with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

"They already have an interest and ability in their math and science classes. We want to try to foster that," said Nguyen. "They're gonna launch a marshmallow with a catapult they built. And that fosters their knowledge of physics and also their creativity."

The students participated in hands-on activities to learn more about STEM. The girls built towers out of marshmallows and spaghetti. They also heard from industry professionals about the more creative sides of science.

"I hope to leave here with more confidence in myself to help my career as an engineer and also to be able to work with other people," said Chandra Horton, a student at Scotlandville Middle Magnet.

Girls from seven schools in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish took part in the engineering day.

Exxon wants to encourage more women in those kinds of jobs and the inspiration Monday was aimed at 6th through 12th-graders.

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