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Girls get hands on STEM experience, compete in Raytheon cyber challenge

The students say they hope to inspire more girls to get involved in the STEM field.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Raytheon is partnering with the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering to give girls in Huntsville more hands on STEM experience.

On Thursday, girls at ASCTE took part in a cyber challenge hosted by Raytheon.

The Introduce a Girl to Engineering event was put on as part of Engineers Week 2021. The challenge helped the girls learn more about encryption and security.

After the challenge, the girls got to talk with a panel of women engineers to learn more about what it's like to work in STEM.

ASCTE Sophomore, Leandra Ernst, said, "To be able to have more women in this job probably would inspire a lot of people, even males, even women, it doesn't really matter, but it's going to help improve."

ASCTE Freshman, Kaitlynn Lynn, says she hopes to help change the stigma of girls in STEM and put an end to the gender discrimination she's faced at a cyber camp at the University of Alabama.

"They liked the males more than the females and they treated them better," said Lynn.

The students say they hope to inspire more girls to get involved in the STEM field.

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