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March 4, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Sidney McMillian, 10, of Jefferson City, holds a paper tower while Meredith Manda, 11, at left, and Victoria Chan, 10, both of Jefferson City, help out during an engineering activity at the Columbia Public Schools Center for Gifted Education. The girls were attending a presentation, given by two MIT students, designed to spur young girls' interests in engineering.

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