Fullerton girls encouraged to think science

Sixth-grader Bethany Stover, center, of Acacia Elementary School in Fullerton reacts as she touches a cow's eye that was dissected by a student at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton. On left is Rebecca DeLeon, of Raymond Elementary School and seventh-grader Helen Ghaly of Fisler Junior High School. PAUL RODRIGUEZ, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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A group of Fullerton students took an adventure Friday.

Thirty-three sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from Fullerton School District campuses participated in the "Adventures in Science for Girls" sponsored by the school district, Raytheon, the Beckman Coulter Foundation, the Southern California College of Optometry and the Soroptimist International of Fullerton.

The goal of the event is to encourage the female students to consider careers as engineers and scientists, organizers said.

"It's like a science-based career day," said Becky D'Arrigo, program coordinator with the school district.

To that end, the girls got to meet with professional women and try their hands at science-related activities. They also visited the optometry college and participated in labs. Their parents met them later for a dinner, where the girls received certificates and a "Can-Teen Science Careers Toolkit" as a resource for investigating careers in science, math, engineering and technology.

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