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      Evans Middle School girls learn about engineering

      Eighth grade girls at Evans Middle School were exposed to jobs in the STEM field during the Introduce a Girl to Engineering event at John Deere.

      STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and math.

      During the event, the girls went through activities that introduced them to engineering.

      It also explained how they could use that knowledge for a possible engineering job down the line.

      One of the activities the girls participated in was protect a pringle.

      During this activity the girls were given a pringle and 20 sheets of paper.

      The goal was to build something to protect the chip from mystery tests such as dropping it off a building.

      Engineering Team Leader Amber Pargmann said females are one of the biggest minorities in the engineering field.

      "So we're really targeting them because a lot of times they're not exposed to engineering," said Pargmann. "And people may not even talk to them about it just because they are females, and you don't see a lot of them in that career field."

      Pargmann also said there is a shortage of engineers in general.