EUGENE, Ore. -- Ophelia's Place provided a safe place where girls of all ages could show off their "inner geek" and celebrate all things STEAM at their second annual GirlCon Saturday at the Lane Events Center.
Ophelia's Place said there is a growing desire for these types of events celebrating girls and women in science here in Lane County.
Organizers said the event was inspired by ComicCon but that since those shows are often high pressure for some girls, this offers them a more low-key place where they can express themselves.
The goal was to come together to celebrate "geek" fandoms with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Springfield graphic designer Kelsey Buzzell was the keynote speaker and spoke about the challenges and successes she has had as a woman in STEAM.
River Aaland, the after-school program coordinator for Ophelia's Place, said this event is truly meant to bring families together.
"I think we are celebrating that we all get excited about stuff," said Aaland. "When you get to share that with your parents weather that's comics or Marvel movies, I think that's a very special way to connect and celebrate who you are."
This is the second year Ophelia's Place has held the event and organizers said it already has grown 100% from their first year.
They said they are excited to bring GirlCon back to Lane County next summer and see how it's grown.