TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Future female scientists from across the area are starting their studies early with some help from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
More than 250 7th grade girls from 10 schools got a chance to learn at 17 different science labs.
Studies show that girls perform as well as boys in math and science through elementary school, but may be discouraged from pursuing those interests as they move into middle and high school.
One mentor said girls need to know they have a place in science.
"Maybe I'm biased but I think science is pretty fun," said Kristen Craven, a meteorologist. "It tends to be pretty hands-on and interactive and they get to do a lot of fun things. So just trying to get them interested and just expose them to opportunities they didn't even know were out there."
The event was hosted completely by volunteers. Watch the video above for more.