Archive for STEM

Girl Scouts Take Flight at Aviation Day Events!

The sky is the limit for Girl Scouts who get to embark on a big adventure during FOUR awesome opportunities throughout western Washington in July and August that involve airplanes – including flying an actual plane!

Discover Aviation Day – Bremerton Airport

Girl Scouts will be participating in a one-day program at the Bremerton Airport where they will spend the day rotating through three sessions: 1) A building tour where they will get their hands dirty learning about the parts of a plane, how airplanes are designed, and what makes them fly. Aviation2

2) A digital flight simulator and a paper airplane challenge where girls will experiment with different wing designs learning how the shape and style of an airplane’s wing can affect flight.

3) They actually get to fly a plane! Each girl will have the opportunity to sit in the front seat and control the aircraft. During their flight, the girls will also be able to experience both Zero Gravity and 2Gs.

“This is now a career option for me” said Bainbridge Island Girl Scout, Syna, after participating in this program. “I am interested in the mechanical parts of airplanes and after today I’m interested in flying them, too. It was amazing!”

Girl Scout, Alexia from Montesano had never flown in an aircraft before and said that she “absolutely LOVED it!” Her favorite part of the day was taking control of the aircraft and “flying the plane!”

The first Discover Aviation Day event was held on July 17, 2017, and there will be two more events in the near future.

Fun fact: Virtually every female astronaut who has flown in space was a Girl Scout! Through Girl Scouting, girls learn they can be and do anything they set their minds to.

North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum – Concrete, WA

Vintage MuseumGirls are invited to the North Cascades area to experience Aviation Day on August 26, 2017, at the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum.  Girls will learn the four forces of flight: thrust, gravity, drag and lift through hands-on interactive activities. At this Aviation Day event, each force will be introduced at a station inside a real airplane hangar at the museum. Girls will be surrounded by airplanes from the 1930s-60s as they rotate through the stations, and at the end of the day they’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a future free flight through the Young Eagles Program.

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Plus girls will be able to earn their Women in Aviation patch! The Women in Aviation International Fun Patch program was introduced in March 2016 – it’s a brand new program to inspire girls to learn about and pursue careers in aviation.

Girl Scouts of the USA recently announced the addition of 23 new badges in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields – including aviation! This new Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age.

Registration accepted until August 8. Contact Ann Maroney at skupmaroney@comcast.net for information.

10 Awesome Silver Award Projects That Blew Us Away!

SilverAward_PageBannerOver the past year, 243 local Girl Scouts from eleven counties completed almost 13,000 hours of service through 115 Silver Award Projects. Those are some incredible numbers!

Projects ranged from hosting a gigantic career fair and helping recruit guide dog volunteers, to teaching girls about snap circuits and building a sustainable greenhouse entirely out of plastic bottles. How cool is that?

Here’s a snapshot of just ten of these great projects—get ideas, get inspired, or just get excited about the amazing girls who are making a difference in our community … Read more

Ready to Meet Some Third and Fourth Grade Girl Scout Engineers?

Meet the Terrific Tech Bots from Edmonds, who can now add robot programmer to their resume!

IMG_1709The Terrific Tech Bots are one of Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s 13 teams in the FIRST LEGO League engineering program this season – one of many science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences that girls have access to through Girl Scouts. The program allows all-girl teams the chance to explore the world of robotics and learn how to work as a team to put a project together.

The girls started the season not knowing one another and never even had exposure to robotics or engineering. In fact, one of the girls had never even played with LEGOs before. And just as quickly as they began their new adventure, they finished with a complete robot that made it all the way to the state semi-finals! Read more

Sneaky Science: Getting More Girl Scouts into STEM

Mainbanner_ScienceWorkshops_FINALAt Girl Scouts of Western Washington, we’re always looking for new ways to engage girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

So last spring, we gathered a group of girls together to talk science. They were in grades K-8 and from diverse, low-income communities where access to STEM opportunities is often limited. We didn’t tell the girls what the conversation was about beforehand—we wanted to see their immediate, real-time response to the idea of STEM programming.

When we introduced the word “science,” their reactions were alarming.

Several girls walked out. Others said we’d tricked them. Almost every girl said science was boring, and many said it was difficult, hard or frightening. Almost no one could describe what an engineer does.

We took those reactions as a challenge: how could we get these girls to engage with STEM—without scaring them off? Read more

Go Gold: Girl Scouts Rally Behind Science, Tech, Engineering and Math

It’s back-to-school time again! And for thousands of kids and teens across western Washington, that means it’s back to science class … even if it’s not everyone’s favorite subject.

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 1.44.59 PMThis is especially true for girls: only 14% of girls say they want to become scientists.

But this year, fourth and fifth graders in the Edmonds School District will be using something new to explore science, technology, engineering and math: special STEM Kits created by Gold Award Girl Scout Jessica Dyck.

 

“Science has always just clicked for me,” says Jessica. “I’ve always loved puzzles and how things work together, and I wanted to find a way to share my love of science with others. I wanted to help students understand the magic behind science.”

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Awesome Woman: Molly Lebowitz

Molly Lebowitz shares her LEGO-tastic journey through the world of engineering—plus, her coolest piece of advice for girls!

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Is there really a career where you get to play with LEGOs for a living?

Yes, there is! Molly Lebowitz (an engineering instructor and manager at Play-Well TEKnologies in Kirkland, WA), traded her career as an environmental engineer for an office made of toys.

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