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      Girls get a 'Day Out' with robots, math and science

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- It was "Girls Day Out" at the College of Charleston Saturday for young women interested in math and science.

      The "Girls Day Out" event held at CofC's New Science Center brought rising 8th and 9th grade female students together to learn more about math degrees and admission requirements.

      The event offered hands-on workshops for students and speakers to keep the young women of the Charleston community interested in math and science careers.

      Attendees also got a demonstration of a Flying Parrot unmanned aerial vehicle and were able to drive a robot built by students at Ashley Ridge and Summerville high schools.

      Representatives from Boeing were also on hand to answer questions about careers in the aerospace industry.

      "What we've found is that it's about this age where girls decide if they wanna be in a technical kind of field," said Christopher Miller, Executive Director of SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic. "Overall only about 15 percent of our engineering workforce are women, so we're trying to help encourage more people and increase our diversity numbers."

      The event was presented by SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and hosted by the College of Charleston in collaboration with the Citadel and Charleston Southern University.

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