A North Carolina educator works to interest female students in science, math and engineering, which have been traditionally male-dominated fields. Laura Bottomley, an N.C. State University professor who has trained teachers, seeks to engage students in unexpected ways and show them the real-life relevance of science and math. Recently, she took a shoe from a female student and used it as a prop, showing a group of girls how the shoe functions to help them pivot while playing basketball.

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