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SciGirls take on Cameron Park Zoo

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WACO, TX (KXXV) -

About a dozen students from a Waco charter school spent their Saturday morning at the Cameron Park Zoo -- and it wasn't to visit the animals.

High school girls from Harmony Science Academy taught zoo visitors different science concepts.

Some of the hands-on projects included making boats using Styrofoam cups and other tools and building tiny parachutes using plastic sheets.

It was all part of an effort to get young visitors interested in the science, technology, engineering, and math field (STEM).

Harmony Science Academy instructor Tiffani Cortez said it's important to get girls interested in STEM at a young age.

"They're not really interested in math. They're not interested in science. It's hard to get them interested in those areas. Sometimes they feel pushed away from those areas. We want to give them the opportunity to be more comfortable working with activities that are related to those areas," she said.

Cameron Park Zoo, the Center for Reservoir & Aquatic Systems Research (CRASR), and the National Girls Collaborative Project helped put on the event.

If you missed Saturday's event, you can find the students again on Nov. 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University.

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