Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Missouri Girl Scout Meets National Science Foundation Deputy Director

Michael De Los Reyes reports for the Arnold Patch that the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and AT&T hosted an event recently to allow Dr. Cora B. Marrett, deputy director of the National Science Foundation to review 17 St. Louis area Girl Scouts’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) projects.

Girl Scout Mylisa Cowen of Imperial participated in a roundtable discussion with Dr. Cora B. Marrett, deputy director of the National Science Foundation, on Thursday.

"Events like these serve a dual purpose," Marrett said. "First, it gives the girls an idea of things that are beyond what they have experienced. It also gives me an idea of what creative strategies might work to draw girls into STEM fields."

Following the discussion, Debra Hollingsworth, AT&T's Regional Vice President of External Affairs, presented the Girl Scouts with a $1 million check to benefit an initiative called IMAGINE: Your Stem Future. The program is designed to reach 6,000 young women across the U.S. and introduce them to a variety of career ideas in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Currently, minority students and women are moving away from science and engineering toward other professions, the news release said.