Friday, November 20, 2015

Who says science is just for boys?

Sophia explores the exciting activities at a local STEM event.
Women are still underrepresented in higher-paying positions, especially in science and engineering. Despite the higher earning potential, many girls don’t see themselves in STEM careers.

Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to STEM experiences relevant to everyday life. We help every girl see that STEM careers can help fulfill their desires to make the world a better place.

Hands-on STEM

Girl Scouts participated in exciting science experiments, met women engineers/scientists and learned more about what it takes to pursue a STEM career at an event hosted by Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation.

Cinzia Gagetta raved about the experiences her daughter Sophia enjoyed at the program. 

“The activities they had really opened her mind on the possibilities of what she can do. I can tell you she has already made it clear that she wants to be a scientist! She also went on to say how happy she is to be a Girl Scout,” she said.

Girl Scouts from troop 54481 ask questions about STEM
Cadette troop 54481 from West Allegheny learned how circuit boards were produced, were educated on various manufacturing technologies, and held discussions on career opportunities in STEM fields at Industrial Scientific.

Kim Wagner, one of the troop leaders, works as the Director of People & Leadership for Industrial Scientific. Paula Yeager, Senior Quality Engineer, volunteered her time to provide the troop with a tour of the Pittsburgh facility.  

Following the tour, the girls had a hands-on activity called the "Marshmallow Challenge" where they had to construct a tower using spaghetti sticks, a marshmallow, string, and tape. 

The goal was to build the tallest tower using only the materials provided, and the marshmallow had to be at the top without falling over. Marshmallows aren't just for s'mores anymore for these Girl Scouts!

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