Cleveland — Getting young girls excited about science is the whole reason for Girls Take Flight, an annual event in collaboration with NASA Glenn Research Center, CASE Western Reserve University and the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.

Hundred of girls form grades second through fifth constructed stomp rockets, hoop gliders, whirligigs and homemade slime. There were group-engineering challenges to build towers and roller coasters with limited house hold items.

“We are taking everyday objects and showing they can be a science activity that they can do. And along the way they are learning about science, they are learning about aviation and math,” Nancy Hall, an aerospace engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, said.

Events like this are critical to igniting young girls interest is STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) according to Me’lani Joseph the Director of Engineering for the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at CASE Western Reserve University.

“If you don’t have that little light early then it is really hard to turn it on when you get older. So I think it is critical to start as early as possible getting them exposed to STEM,” Joseph said.