GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Monday is International Women and Girls in Science Day.  It's a day to celebrate the accomplishments of women in STEM careers and to encourage the next generation of scientists, engineers, computer programmers and meteorologists.

From FIRST Robotics competitions to environmental clubs and organizations, there are lots of opportunities for students to pursue in-and-out of school in West Michigan.  

We want to encourage young women to take advantage of those opportunities to explore a potential career in STEM. And we asked our own meteorologists for a little inspiration.

Meteorologist Laura Hartman says she is grateful for teachers who recognized her affinity for math early on. She says she wants to encourage other young people to pursue a career in STEM the same way that she was encouraged.

Meteorologist Alana Nehring said while science, technology, engineering and math subjects take a lot of "brain power" the challenge is worth it.

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