Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and... Football?

In Texas, the Abilene Reporter-News reports that Girl Scouts with an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts or math (and a side interest in the Dallas Cowboys) have a great opportunity later this month.

On February 13, one week after the Super Bowl is played at Cowboys Stadium, Girl Scouts of all ages and their troop leaders can tour the stadium, including the locker rooms of the Cowboys and their cheerleaders, run through the Cowboys' tunnel onto the field and spend some time getting photos on the field. But that's just the entertainment. Scouts also will have an opportunity to earn a S.T.E.A.M. patch, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. This is a new program within Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, designed to spark interest in those areas for Scouts of all ages.

While at the stadium, participants will get the lowdown on the engineering and science that went into constructing the facility. The art items on display around the stadium also will be visited. Both the engineering tours and stadium tours will be conducted in manageable-size groups by Dallas Cowboys personnel.

Cowboys Stadium seats 80,000, making it the fourth largest stadium in the NFL by seating capacity. A highlight of Cowboys Stadium is its gigantic center-hung high definition television screen, the largest in the world, sometimes referred to as "Jerry-Tron". The 152-by-72-foot, 175-foot diagonal, 11,520-square-foot, scoreboard surpasses the 8,736 square foot screen that opened in 2009 at the renovated Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri as the world's largest.

Awesome! Have you been to Cowboys Stadium?