Saturday, February 26, 2011

Science Girl Saturday was a sensation!

"I feel like a scientist!"
"I'm so glad my mom signed me up."
These were all heard at the first Science Girl Saturday, Feb. 26, at M-State. Eighteen fourth- and fifth-grade girls from the Fergus Falls area participated in the event to learn what it's like to be a clinical scientist. The event was sponsored by the AAUW--Fergus Falls Branch to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 

Currently, there is a critical shortage in clinical lab scientists and technicians, said Karen Peterson, instructor and clinical education coordinator at the Clinical Laboratory Science Department at the University of North Dakota. Peterson led the "science girls" in lab experiments, along with Christie Huber, director of the Medical Laboratory Technician program at M-State--Fergus Falls. 

"You know what I'd love to see? All of you in clinical science programs in eight years!" Karen told the girls. 

Karen Peterson leads the science girls in an experiment.