WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It's no secret that the number of technology jobs held by women has dwindled over the past 20 years.
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy worked to change that Tuesday by hosting the eighth annual Girls in Technology Summit. The event brings together girls from six middle schools in New Hanover and Pender counties to meet with women who are engineers and technologists.
The students spent the day learning more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the available opportunities in each field.
One engineer said it is vital to reach girls before they're in high school so they can take the necessary courses.
"When I was young, it was opportunities like this that helped me realize I was interested in engineering," GE engineer Kate Martin said.
Through hands-on activities, the students used their imagination and creativity to come up with innovative solutions to real-world engineering problems.
Student Michelle Lamas said the opportunity has helped her in more ways than one.
"It broadens my view of engineering and it makes me better working with people," Lamas said. "I think after this year, I mean last year, I worked better with people and with my leadership skills."