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      Girls Get WISE to engineering and science

      Copper Country middle school girls gathered at Michigan Tech's Student Development Center on Tuesday morning for a day of science and engineering.

      Get WISE, or Get Women in Science and Engineering, focuses on raising girls' interest in the sciences. Girls formed teams to create three different projects using common household materials while testing them against other teams.

      One of the projects had the teams building a boat to test buoyancy and see how many washers the boat could hold. Student volunteers helped organize the program and say they are passionate about getting women more interested in engineering.

      "I think somewhere, like the middle school age, people start thinking 'well, I'm a girl. I can't do that,' and I have no idea why," said Gear Up Assistant Coordinator Liz Fujita. "That's why I think it's really important that they're here to realize, yeah you can do it. You can do it just as well as anybody else can."

      "I mostly wanted to come here because of the free day off school, but it's actually turned out to be pretty fun," said Kaisa Holmstrom, Hancock Middle School student.

      Get WISE is held annually at Michigan Tech.