KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Learning about bugs and a good seventh grade teacher sparked Gail Lemiec’s love of science. She now shares her passion as an educator at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.
Lemiec, who received an undergraduate degree based on animal behavior and conducted conservation research with wolves, is one of the women who will take part in the aquarium’s Women in Science Day, on Sat., May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lemiec and several of her aquarium colleagues planned the event to encourage girls and women to explore science as a career path.
"It is important for young girls to see someone like themselves in science fields," said Lemiec. "Research shows that starting around middle school, girls start losing interest in science."
Both boys and girls are invited to the aquarium to hear about scientific career paths and talk with working scientists
WECT First Alert Meteorologist Kellie McGlynn will also take part in the event, speaking to those in attendance about meteorology.
Madeline Marens, a member of the aquarium’s animal care team who leads significant conservation research about sand tiger sharks off the coast of North Carolina, will also talk about her journey and knowledge.
“Find your voice and use it confidently, ask questions and don’t be afraid to make mistakes—that’s how you learn,” Marens said.