Girls at two middle schools in Pennsylvania with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math can take part in STEM projects after school. The schools offer STEM Fems, a program that encourages girls to develop their interests in STEM subjects through hands-on activities and interactions with female STEM professionals. "Girls need to connect with women to see that not only are women doing these things, but that they're like them, too," said Colleen Smith, outreach coordinator at the Penn State Electro-Optics Center, a university research facility.

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