Posted: Apr 13, 2013 10:27 PM by David Jay - MTN News
BILLINGS - A group of scientists say girls lose interest in math and science from the time the are in fourth grade to eighth grade.
The sixth annual "Chicks in Science" at MSU-Billings Alterowitz Gym, is aimed at helping girls keep that interest.
Amber Johnson-Carroll became motivated to pursue Paleontology after going on dinosaur digs with Nate Murphy, of Dino Lab.
"I found a leg bone of a dinosaur by myself and just that discovery, I knew this is something I wanted to do," Johnson-Carroll said. "Because this is something that I found. I was the first to see in 65 million years and it's quite a thought when you think about it."
Johnson-Carroll is working toward a Master's Degree in Vertebrate Paleontology at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
She hopes to pass on her excitement on to girls at Chick in Science.
"I love sparking their interest," Johns said.
And the fossils seem to draw interest from girls.
"The Tyrannosaurus Rex bit into a triceratops," said Faith Carreno, a fourth grader.
The idea is to inspire the girls to study science by giving them something they can't get in a science book.
"Just to see the lightbulb moments is just amazing," said Tammy Johnston, coordinator for Chicks in Science 2013. "It's so fun and so rewarding just to be able to see that they are making connections."
"it's wonderful," said Amy Lamm, owner of Vet 2 Go. "it's really eye opening thing for them. They seem to enjoy it."
Q-2's Bob Mcguire and Ed McIntosh joined the people from 50 companies helping inspire the girls to study science.
"it's can be even more fun it you read it more and try to figure out how things work," said Mariah Webb, a fourth grader.
"A scientist that does experiments," said Carreno." Maybe a laboratory scientist."
"Pursue those science and math classes," Johnston said. "Don't let anything stop you."
"Stick with it," said Johnson-Carroll. "Stick with the science that you like."
The Association for Women in Science says women make up 24 percent of the workforce in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.