CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS10 NEWS) -- According to the United State Census Bureau only 27% of people who work in STEM are women. Albemarle County students is working to increase that number by hosting their Girls Geek Day at Center 1. 

Elementary aged girls were able to come and test out different projects and stations that included coding, robotics, and using critical thinking skills to spark interest in the field. Albemarle High School senior Ava Paul plans to pursue engineering, and her passion for STEM started when she attended her first Girls Geek Day years ago. 

“It’s definitely the fullest circle moment I have ever experienced,” Paul said.  “It is really exciting to know the women I looked up to and were my idols, I can actually be that now for younger girls and help them and encourage them to explore engineering.” 

Over 60 participants attended the event and Paul says they had a running waitlist for both elementary participants and high school volunteers. Center 1 will be hosting more STEM events and Paul tells us they are looking to have another Girls Geek Day event in the coming months.