Introducing young minds to the wonders of Science in Billings. MSU Billings is again hosting their Girls-n-Science (formerly Chicks in Science) event on Saturday, April 16 at the MSUB Alterowitz Gym from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This event gives grade- and middle-school girls hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and math.

There will be about 50 booths featured, with everything from robot wars to lasers and human anatomy to explore.

Though it's designed for young girls, the event is free and open to everyone.

This is a great way to introduce young girls to all kinds of neat technology in a very hands-on way through interactive activities, and also to introduce young girls to various careers.

New to Girls-n-Science this year is the STEM Stars program, a special feature just for seventh and eighth graders, which will give participants an opportunity to explore three different 45-minute engaging learning activities in small groups.

During the STEM Stars event, participants will hear from Dr. Katey Plymesser, MSUB assistant professor of engineering, during a session called “Hour of Code!”

For more information or to register for STEM Stars visit

Another session during the event is, “Why can’t we cure HIV?"

This activity will demonstrate the course of an HIV infection and what happens to patients when given antiviral medications.

Students will get to simulate HIV genome replication by coloring paper strips while fostering an interest in research, virology, pharmacology and medicine.

Dr. Claire Oakley, program director for population health services with Riverstone Health will present, “What Does our Blood Pressure Tell Us?”

Several Rocky Mountain College physician assistant students will be helping and giving the girls a chance to measure their blood pressure before and after exercise and then discuss the data collected.

There's also a rock climbing wall, hosted by the MSUB Outdoor Adventure Leadership program.