TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Some local college students are hoping to inspire girls in the Wabash Valley to explore science, technology, engineering and math.

12 girls from West Vigo High School visited Rose-Hulman’s campus Thursday as part of the “Emerge Program”. Women who are attending Rose spoke to the girls about the programs the college offers, what subjects to take in high school to prepare for Rose and how to apply.

“Women in STEM is very low, but Rose-Hulman each year gets more and more women,” Breanna Rogers said. “So, we want to take people from the Terre Haute, Vigo County School Corporation and get more women involved in coming to Rose-Hulman and learning about STEM.”

Rogers is a junior at Rose-Hulman and was one of the students to talk to the girls about STEM and programs at RHIT.

“We definitely want women to know that they can do what men can do as well in that we’re showing them that we’re very important in this field and that we can take those opportunities and build upon them,” Rogers said.

She said they also had fun doing science experiments and talking about STEM-related books and videos.