There is a gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math fields, with women making up only 24% of the STEM workforce. Carnegie-Mellon University is hoping to boost that number by hosting a free summer program aimed specifically at sparking interest in engineering among high-school girls in the Pittsburgh area. Students will participate in a range of interdisciplinary activities and interact with university faculty and students who will serve as role models, says Alicia Angemeer, external relations and outreach coordinator for the university's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems.

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