PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — For girls ages 11-17, it was a hands-on weekend at the Carnegie Science Center where they were learning about STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

At Girls Rock Science, event organizers were trying to drop any barriers that girls might have to STEM. And big employers like the Williams Energy Company are hoping someday these girls will grow up and work for them.

“The little kids…how early they’re learning about energy and science and how this world works. I ask them the question and sometime I think this might be too hard for them and they answer them, like whoa,” said Candyce Flylee of Williams Companies.

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And they’re getting the attention of another big company: Verizon.

“Female partnership, engagement, leadership is what we need. We need that diversity. We need that excitement. It’s something that when children look to say what do I want to be when I grow up? This is something I want to be part of a technology company,” said Verizon’s Nicole Tekula.

The girls got to learn about the weather from KDKA meteorologist Kristen Emery. Earlier this weekend, they met one of the stars of the CBS series “MacGyver”, a show that relies a lot on science.

“MacGyver is a really great show to watch, because if you love chemistry and science and mixing potions and all that stuff. Mcguyver does all that. And he actually teaches you how to do it as he goes along,” Tristen Mays said.

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