Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Girl Scouts Participate in the Women in Aerospace and Technology Program

Pennsylvania's Limerick-Royersford-Spring City Patch reports on the Women in Aerospace and Technology Program. Introduced recently to Girl Scouts, the Women in Aerospace and Technology Program was developed to encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for girls between the ages of 8 and 17. Mike Spletzer, who is also a volunteer at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center in West Chester, developed the program as part of his MBA requirements at St. Joseph’s University. After securing sponsors such as Boeing, Sikorsky Helicopters, and Bentley Systems along with educational talent from Drexel, West Chester and Arcadia, and with advisory teams from St. Joe’s and Penn State, Mike and the Helicopter Museum were able to offer this experience to Girl Scouts.

With opportunities such as the Women in Aerospace and Technology Program, Girl Scouts have embraced the fact that while many girls are interested in certain program offerings, they are not always available for weekly Girl Scout meetings. Competition from sports programs, dance, art and music classes, etc. often make attending weekly meetings impossible. Girls can now take part in countless programs without being part of a traditional troop experience. For more information on how flexible Girl Scouting can be, look here.