Thursday, March 17, 2011

Growing Up With Girl Scouts and NASA

Marina Park - Girl Scout CEO, lawyer and mom pens a column in The SanFrancisco Chronicle's
City Brights about Girl Scouting. This weeks
column is about the "Girls Go Tech" program of the Girl Scouts of Northern California, which recently teamed up with NASA to host "When I Grow Up," a full day of activities to engage and encourage girls to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The event took place on Saturday at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field. NASA reports that throughout the center, interactive exhibits and hands-on activities were available for curious young minds to possess, manipulate and conquer. In one corner, girls learned about diffraction of optics, wave-guide optics and optical illusion. In another corner, an electrical engineer was showing a troop of girls the inside of a computer, including circuits, memory, fan, connecting wires and the mother board. She patiently identified each part and explained what it does to make the computer work.
Claudia Cruz and Ken Guanga, reporters for the Mountain View Patch, were also on hand and filmed a video report - It's awesome, definitely check it out.
Have you ever been to a similar program?