Monday, August 12, 2013

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - August 12, 2013

Today's Coast to Coast has hot air balloons, Tyvek purse production and much more. Check it out!

New Jersey’s Hunterdon County Democrat reports that Girl Scouts recently got together on a very early morning to check out the hot air balloons during the first balloon launch at the annual Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning. During a hot air balloon demonstration, girls were able to go inside a hot air balloon. The girls learned from experienced hot air balloon owner, Keith Sproul, how propane thins the air to make the balloons rise. Girls also learned one of the basic scientific principles of ballooning. In order for hot air balloons to rise and float through the air, the air inside the balloon must be lighter than the air on the outside of the balloon.

WXIA TV II in Gainesville, GA, reports that a group of women who are leaders in local government recently helped Girl Scouts earn a badge. Judge Patty Walters led the girls through a courthouse tour while teaching of compromise and meditation, along with the voting process. Other female officials were there to help out.

In Wisconsin, the Beloit Daily News reports that Girl Scouts from surrounding communities participated in the Girl Scout Art Exploration program. One of the afternoon projects was to create purses out of Tyvek construction material. Tyvek can typically be obtained from construction companies. Pieces of Tyvek were heated together and sealed and then turned inside out. The girls could then decorate their creations with colored plastic stones, feathers and more. They also made handles or straps out of yarn and other materials.

New Jersey’s Atlantic Highlands Herald reports that The United States Air Force selected Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore robotics coach, Richard Morgan, as one of only 24 mentors to the Second Annual FIRST Leadership Program at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. As coach of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s robotics team, Morgan introduces girls to programming by creating robotic structures that move and make sound. His robotics team is a part of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program that provides opportunities to girls of all ages in enhancing their education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

New Canaan News reports that Girl Scouts of Connecticut will host the 20th anniversary Woman of Merit dinner on Thursday, Sept. 12. The Woman of Merit award recognizes leaders who demonstrate the Girl Scout values of leadership, personal achievement and service to the community. This year, Emmy award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Diane Smith will serve as emcee. Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be honoring IBM's chief information officer, Jeanette Horan. The company is responsible for equipping IBMers with the technology and tools they need to better support clients and achieve IBM's objectives.