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GSCO STEM events this fall

Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison

More than 200 Girl Scouts, friends, and family enjoyed Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge on Oct. 14, 2017. Girls met several badge requirements by doing hand-on activities with different STEM organizations and toured the fossils at Dinosaur Ridge. One of the best things about this event is that it is both a Girl Scout and a family event. While the event was geared towards Girl Scouts, there was something for everyone.

GSCO would like to thank the Molly Brown House, Western Interior Paleontological Seaway, National Park Service, Libby Talks, the Great Denver Gem, and Mineral Council and Women in Mining for providing great activities for our girls!

A BIG thank you also goes to GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Toni Dondero for helping with registration! More than 70 percent of our participants paid through a walk-up registration, so Toni’s help was invaluable. A BIG thank you goes to Erin LaCount at Dinosaur Ridge and her amazing crew of volunteers that hosted a great event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engineering Day with the Society of Engineers at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden

More than 100 Girl Scout Juniors earned the first part of the new Robotics badge at Engineering Day hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden on Oct. 7. SWE students planned and taught the whole event. A favorite activity was asphalt cookies, yummy treats made of chocolate and oats by rolling the ingredients between waxed paper and canned goods which girls brought for the activity and later donated.

Girl Scouts also had fun at over 10 different STEM stations where they made binary bracelets, lava lamps, engineering machines, and towers, statistics (thanks to the use of Skittles), and how germs spread at the Oogie Boogie table. The activities were taught by some of the most active SWE students as the Colorado School of Mines’ SWE chapter is the largest in the nation. A big thank you goes out to Jenna Lucas, SWE’s Engineering Day Chair; Agata Dean, faculty advisor, and the members of SWE who hosted this great event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ford Girls Fast Track Race, Fort Collins

80 Girl Scouts from Northern Colorado and the Front Range raced pine wood derby cars at the Ford Girls Fast Tracks race on Sept. 30 in Fort Collins. Girls made their own cars, fine-tuned their car’s design with the help of a Ford Engineer, and competed fiercely to win.

Ford generously sponsored the race and GSCO was one of eight councils nationwide that received a grant to host the event. Girls received a free car kit, t-shirt, food, and a special event patch. Check out the racing action in this video aired on Fox 31/KWGN-TV here . Two Ford engineers were onsite and counseled girls on ways to alter their cars to win. A favorite part of the race was seeing each girl’s car and the thought and creativity they put into each design. Another favorite part was seeing the proud smiles of the girls racing their cars!

A BIG thank you goes to Julie Gallagher, Gayle Richardson, Elise Barrios, Carol Griffin, and Amy Myers for being the GSCO Race Pit Crew! We’d also like to thank Ford and their team for a great race day.

Upcoming Events

Check out these fun GSCO Events! GSCO Staff are welcome to stop by these events to check out what our Girl Scouts are doing first-hand or enjoy our Girl Scout discount at these sports and entertainment events.

Nov. 18 – Project C.U.R.E., Denver. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (troops can choose 1 of 3 sessions). Cost: $6 per kit donated. Come learn about Project C.U.R.E. and pack a kit for donation. Fun activities and event patch included. Register here. This is our biggest event of the year, so GSCO staff members are welcome to stop by and check out what the girls are doing!

Dec. 2 – Girl Scout Teddy Bear Toss with Metro State Hockey, Westminster. 3:45 p.m. game start. Cost is $1+ teddy bear/stuffed animal to donate/person or $5/person without a teddy bear. Cheer on Metro State at they take on CU Hockey. Participants will toss their bears on the ice when Metro State scores their first goal. To register, please contact Victoria Fedorco atmsuvictoriaf@gmail.com  with contact info and number of tickets needed. She will follow-up with further instructions.

Dec. 8 – Disney on Ice, Denver. Cost: $17.75 + online fees. Disney on Ice presents “Follow Your Heart.” Post-performance Girl Scout clinic will highlight the Tech Crew and the special work they do to put on the show. Event patch included. Ticket information can be found here.

Save the date: Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets

Save the date for this year’s Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets on February 23, 2018! Join us for this annual game and sleepover at the Pepsi Center and cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the San Antonio Spurs. After the game, participants will enjoy a post-game shoot on the Nuggets court, midnight snack, movie screening on Pepsi Vision, and breakfast. Girl Scouts will also get a special event patch.

This year, the Nuggets has expanded their prizes to include TWO cookie booths, giving another troop an additional chance to sell cookies after the game at the Pepsi Center. The top three troops that refer the most participants can choose from these booths or additional fan experiences.

Prices and more information are coming soon. To be notified when registration opens, please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org to be added to the event information list. We hope to see you and your Girl Scout there!

RAFT Offers Resources for Troops

As Fall begins, it’s time to start prepping troop activities for the school year. If you’re searching for the materials to bring your ideas to life, fear not! RAFT Colorado is to the rescue.

RAFT has been working with Girl Scouts for more than 9 years, providing leaders with the inspiring supplies and educational ideas they need to engage their troops in fun, meaningful activities. At our Resource Center in Denver, you can find the affordable tools and learning experiences to fulfill your troop goals for the year.

If you’re looking for engaging activities and crafts for unit camps, RAFT has got you covered! RAFT also has the fun and funky materials to help you decorate for your Bling your Booth cookie booth contest this February.

RAFT is a membership organization, and troop leaders get $5 off their membership, which means you get access to all our resources for just $20 a year. For more information on all that RAFT has to offer, visit our website at www.raftcolorado.org.

March in Denver Veteran’s Day Parade

Join us for the Denver Veteran’s Day parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to march in the parade hosted by the Colorado Veterans Project. Our girls have a great spot between the WWII and Korean War veterans in the parade. We’ll start the parade with a crew of older Girl Scouts. Younger Girl Scouts can watch the parade with their family and join our group when our group walks by their spot. Girls and adults will have an opportunity to wear a historic Girl Scout uniform on a first come, first-served basis.

Interested troops and Girl Scouts should plan on attending from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’ll send a finalized schedule once details are confirmed with parade organizers. There’s no cost to participate and the parade will follow a route in downtown Denver.

Space is limited to the first 150 girls who sign-up. Register at http://bit.ly/2xk75jy The registration deadline is Oct. 25. Questions? Please contact Korina Padilla at korina.padilla@gscolorado.org.

Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Day of Dance with Colorado Ballet on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to come learn and will try three different dance genres: ballet, creative modern, and Brazilian World Dance. Dancers will be exposed to the specific techniques as well as improvisation and dance concepts. Brownies can also earn requirements towards their Dancer Badge.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a lunch break. Cost is $12/girl and includes an event patch. Register at https://goo.gl/EqTMsu . This is a popular event and has filled quickly in the past. You’ll want to sign up soon to reserve your Girl Scout’s spot.

Girls will want to bring comfortable clothes, water, and lunch. Ballet or jazz shoes are encouraged, if you have them. There will be a parent lounge onsite for use while girls are in class.

Questions? Please contact Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Save the Date: Packing for Impact returns this fall

Project C.U.R.E.’s Packing for Impact is back! Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 for this year’s event, which will be held at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver. Troops will have the opportunity to gather medical supplies to donate and we’ll have some fun, new activities. Participating Girl Scouts will get a patch this year with a new, fun design.

We’re also looking for older Girl Scouts to help plan activity tables for the event. This is an ideal service project for Cadettes and older or for Program Aide internships. Help us plan a great event!

Registration information is coming soon. For information on when registration opens, to help plan activities, or help the day of the event, please contact GSCO Community Partnerships Manager Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scout Day with DU Women’s Soccer

Join us for Girl Scout Day with DU Women’s Soccer on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Cheer on the Pioneers as they take on North Dakota State. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited! The game will start at noon and will be held at the University of Denver Athletic Fields.

Cost is $7/person. Purchase tickets at https://goo.gl/Rch9vQ using the promo code GIRLSCOUT. A portion of ticket sales is donated back to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Questions? Please contact Trent Dunn at 303-871-3682.

We hope to see you there!

Trails 2000 Girl Scout Trailwork Day

Submitted by Trails 2000

Southwestern CO

Durango

Trails 2000 is pleased to invite Girl Scouts of all ages to join us for Trailwork at Overend Mountain Park near Durango on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Leyden Street trailhead, with lunch to follow at 12:30 p.m. No experience is necessary for Trailwork, and Trails 2000 will provide the necessary instruction and safety tool talk, all tools, gloves, and water and snacks for the entire crew.

Waivers can be found on local service unit Facebook pages. If you are not part of these pages, please contact GSCO Volunteer Support Specialist Amy Moscowitz at amy.moscowitz@gscolorado.org for a waiver. Please complete one waiver for each participant; parent or guardian must sign for participants under the age of 18.

For directions to the worksite, meet at Leyden Street Trailhead; from Durango, take Main Street to Montview. Turn right on Forest Ave to Leyden St; take a left on Leyden and park at the end of the cul de sac. Directions.

Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, shirt (long or short sleeved), sun hat, sunscreen, and bring a water bottle and rain jacket (optional). Trails 2000 will provide all tools, instruction, water, and snacks.

Questions? Please contact Amy Moscowitz at amy.moscowitz@gscolorado.org.

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Energy Day Colorado offers troops the chance to showcase STEM projects

We’re looking for troops and Girl Scouts who can share STEM projects for Energy Day Colorado on Sept. 23, 2017. GSCO is hosting a booth and we have an opportunity to showcase the great STEM work our girls have done. All Girl Scouts, who have a great STEM project they want to share, are invited to participate. Come share your great work and enjoy the festival!

Energy Day Colorado is planned for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Denver at East High School. This new family festival features hands on science, technology, innovation, and conservation activities. The festival is new to Denver, but has been a popular activity in Houston the past few years with thousands of families enjoying the event. It’s a great opportunity for girls to explore different STEM activities and learn about STEM careers. All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited to this community event. Come enjoy music, food, games, and prizes.

Energy Day Colorado is hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance in partnership with local energy organizations. To share your troop’s STEM project at our GSCO booth, please contact Amanda Eckert at amanda.eckert@gscolorado.org. For more information about the festival, please check www.energydayfestival.org or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2GpXPFv6rw.

Older Girl Scouts are invited to Regis’ Cyber Girlz Summit

Regis University’s College of Computer and Information Sciences invites all Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors to the Cyber Girlz Summit on Sept. 23, 2017.

What is Cyber Girlz? The Cyber Girlz Summit is the first effort in a long-term commitment to include outreach efforts that are targeted toward young middle school and high school women, inspiring them to engage in the exciting fields of Computer Science and Cybersecurity.

How does it work? Through the use of female role-model mentors, table top conversations, and small group activities, young girls participating in the program are offered the chance to learn thrilling computer skills, as well as gaining knowledge from leading women in the field of Computer Science and Cybersecurity.

When is it? September 23, 2017 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Mountain View Room Regis University 3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver CO 80221 *Registration is free but space is limited. Please register at www.regonline.com/cybergirlz2017

Questions? Please contact GSCO Community Partnerships Manager Lori Thompson at lori.thompson@gscolroado.org.

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