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Lexington Meeting to Encourage Female Math and Science Participation

An event will be held tomorrow in Lexington to discuss ways to steer more young girls into the science and technology fields.About one-hundred business, community and government leaders from across the state will attend the STEM Collaborative – which focuses on increasing the number of girls who choose fields in science, technology, engineering and math. Sue Scheff runs the program at the University of Kentucky, she says the collaborative will focus on girls as young as kindergarten-age."So we want to reach them at that very early age and plant the seed for involvement later on in their high school and college," said Scheff.Scheff says in 2006, only 21-percent of computer science majors in the country were female.