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GIrl Scouts From Across the State Attend Engineering Conference at UMaine 

Girls from Girl Scouts troops throughout the state were at the university of maine learning about careers in science and engineering fields.”I’ve always thought engineering sounded like a really good career,” said Girl Scout Klaire Chandler.Chandler was one of 90 Girl Scouts who got the opportunity to learn about engineering and science related fields at Transforming Leadership: Engineering Your Future, a Girl Scouts conference.”I love doing experiments and finding out new things and when you expect something to happen and it doesn’t I like the surprise,” she said.According to enrollment records, Maine falls far behind the national average in enrolling girls into engineering.Samantha Lott Hale, Director of Membership for Girl Scouts of Maine says the conference was the perfect opportunity to show girls what they can do with their science interests.”It’s really about leadership, experience that the girls have so they can discover more about themselves connect with others and then take action in their own communities,” she said.Throughout the day the girls attended hands on workshops. In one, they learned how to make salt into acetone which is nail polish.Abby Engelberth, a researcher at U-Maine who administered one of the workshops, says engineering is still a male dominated field, but exposing girls at an early age can lead to change.”I think as time goes on we are getting more females in all engineering but it’s still not equal amongst the genders,” she said.