Friday, October 14, 2016

Girl Scouts have a blast at Behrend STEM program

Tracy Halmi guides a hands-on activity.
Photo by Rob Frank.
Nearly 100 Girl Scouts—from Daisy to Ambassador—enjoyed a day exploring the fun and challenges of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Penn State Behrend in Erie.
Brownies, troop leaders and parents watch the exciting
finale at the Home Scientist presentation.
Photo by Rob Frank.

Girls had the opportunity to earn two badges by participating in engaging and exciting sessions like Geocaching, Computer Expert, Product Designer, Water and more.

A total of 16 badge sessions were offered, all created and presented by Penn State Behrend faculty and students.

During the Home Scientist session, senior lecturer in chemistry Tracy Halmi and her students helped Brownies see the science all around them through fun demonstrations on bubbles, electricity and density. 

Girls learned by doing through hands-on activities making polymer “worms,” creating their own cold and hot packs, and learning ways that electricity is conducted.

The session ended with a bang, literally, as Halmi tested the girls’ hypothesis about what would happen if she placed a plastic bottle filled with liquid nitrogen in a trash can full of ping pong balls. Halmi then prepared a cool dessert for the girls, using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream.

More STEM-tastic fun for Girl Scouts
Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts are invited to join female engineering students at the University of Pittsburgh to learn about different engineering fields and participate in fun STEM activities.

Girl Scout Engineering Day at Pitt on Saturday, Oct. 22 will feature exciting science demonstrations, four interactive science activities and the opportunity to meet women engineers. Lunch and our brand new patch and certificate of completion are also included. Register for this free program today.