Thursday, October 6, 2011

Virginia Girl Scouts Come Alive With Science

Virginia's Inside York County reports that more than 200 girls took part in Science Alive last weekend, an event sponsored by the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast and Norfolk State University.

At the event, Norfolk State University professors and students shared their passion for science with the girls who ranged in age from kindergarten to 12th grade. A number of demonstrations and interactive activities took place, including a favorite workshop where participants built rockets. There was a nano technology workshop in which students experimented with thin film solar panels and magic sand to explore nano fabric material. Robotics in the health industry was another activity offered, which included programming a Mindstorm NXT robot.

In a press release about the event, Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast CEO Tracy Keller said, "We believe that every girl must have the opportunity to explore and build an interest in these important fields. The percentage of careers that require advanced STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is increasing in the United States. Unfortunately, an alarmingly high percentage of girls lose interest in STEM subjects early in their development."

The Science Alive program is one of several STEM-focused programs being offered by the Girl Scouts this year, as part of its initiative to address the lack of girls entering STEM fields of study.