Girl Scouts learn about engineering

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- More than 80 girls from the Girl Scouts of Eastern SC spent their weekend learning what it is like to be a woman in the engineering field.

'Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day' is a national movement to show girls have collaborative engineering can change the world.

The Girl Scouts gathered at The Citadel Sunday afternoon where staff, faculty, cadets and engineering students introduced the girls to the profession.

"When I was their age, I had no clue I was going to be an engineering professor," said Citadel Assistant President Mary Katherine Watson. "I thought that engineers either drove trains or built cars. I had no clue that engineers could be involved with cleaning dirty water or making people's lives better."

Demonstrations and other events showed the Scouts the ins and outs of the traditionally male-dominated field.

"I would like the girls to leave here knowing that engineering is a field they can go into and make a significant impact on the world," Watson said.