This past weekend we had so many great Girl Scout River Valleys events that it was almost impossible to choose just one! But try as we may, we just can’t do it all—and a whole lot of you chose to pack up your troop and head into Saint Paul for the Girls, Science and Technology event at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Thousands of girls showed up to the museum on Saturday to become scientists for a day—many proudly wearing their vests and sashes—conducting experiments, controlling robots, and learning all about the natural world. Some of our braver scouts even got their hands on a real pig heart.
At the GSRV table, girls got to play Dr. Frankenstein (it’s aliiiiiive!) and create their own ‘circuit creatures’ out of craft dough and light a bulb with a simple circuit they made themselves (if this sounds like something your troop would love, check out the step-by-step instructions). Our activity was led by an amazing group of YEA’s who assisted the younger girls in their experiments and blew us away with their displays of active leadership. The teamwork, support, and determination that all of the girls showed as they worked their way through the activity made us so proud (I’m tearing up just thinking about it!).
There was also an impressive line-up of woman scientists and engineers who gave presentations about everything from smart finance to the importance of courage and resilience to performing a root canal on a puma—does that not sound like the coolest job ever? Needless to say, everyone loved the event, and we can’t wait to do it again next year—we hope you’ll join us!
If you missed this event—or your girls had so much fun that they’re already asking you about the next one—check out these SUPER AWESOME STEM events coming up in the next few months!
P.S. Even if your girls seem to enjoy exercising the right-side of their brains more than the left, I’ll bet you can find a STEM event for them (hello, Science of Style and Fashion??). Plus, who says you have to pick a side?
Was your troop at the Girls, Science and Technology event? What was your girls’ favorite part? If you missed it, are you totally going to come next year? Leave us a comment below!
Natasha Brownlee – Other than chatting with Troop Leaders and planning events, Natasha also works with Gold Awards and runs the In the Loop blog! Her background is in curriculum development, programming, and creative writing. She has bachelor’s degrees in Peace Studies and French and a Masters in Gender, Development & Globalization and has worked with various girl-centered organizations in the US and abroad. Natasha loves traveling around the world, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her dog, Rooney!