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Caroline Torres, Stephanie Jimenez and Skylar Montgomery participate in the gumdrop challenge workshop Saturday at the GEMS Conference. The girls built a bridge of gumdrops and toothpicks. Pennies were dropped into the paper cup in the center of the bridge to determine how much weight the bridge could hold.

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Reston, Herndon Girls Explore Math and Science

More than 200 Reston and Herndon fifth and sixth grade students participate in GEMS Conference.

Teen Talk Barbie, who said “math class is tough,” did not last long on store shelves when she was issued by Mattel in 1997, but her message has endured. Studies show that the number of girls pursing degrees or careers in math and science fields continues to lag behind their male peers due in large part to stereotypes about appropriate male and female professions.


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