Hundreds of 7th through 9th grade young women attend 'Techgirlz' conference in Canyon County

Posted at 4:19 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 01:09:10-04

CALDWELL, Idaho — According to data from Status of Women, only about 22 percent of those working in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in Idaho are women.

To empower Idaho girls to pursue careers in STEM, the College of Idaho hosted roughly 300 middle school girls today from schools in Canyon County and surrounding areas to partake in a hands-on conference called Techgirlz, organized by the nonprofit Women Innovators (WiN) and supported by Micron and others.

"I think it's just fun because they're kind of empowering girls and telling them that we can do anything that a boy can do," said Lolo Ngalu, Kuna Middle School student and Techgirlz attendee.

The young women explored cybersecurity, computer programming, design, engineering, health, and more. They even got to work in teams to create solutions for real-world problems.