'Girls Day' introduces young women to careers in STEM

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- It's girl power on grounds today!

UVA Facilities Management is hosting its first 'Girls Day' to bring awareness to women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Employees are introducing girls to the different career choices and roles they can take on with the Facilities Management Department.

On one of the tours, the girls walked through active construction sites and learned the ins and outs of management and how they're working to preserve the Rotunda.

Bree Knick with the Facilities Management Department says it's a great way to get women interested in careers that can be dominated by men.

"It's good for them to see strong women in leadership roles and show them exactly what we are doing and how we're doing it and allow them to ask questions on how they get to those roles in the future," says Knick.

The girls also toured the 3D-Printing Lab, Energy Plant, and UVA Medical Center.

About forty girls aged 12 to 18 are participating this year.

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