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Listen Now – Meet an Expert with Lockheed Martin

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks the Women’s Impact Network at Lockheed Martin for participating in our “Meet an Expert” webinar series on November 17 and 18, 2020. More than 300 Girl Scouts from all over the country participated and learned about the space industry, careers at Lockheed Martin, and what the future of space exploration looks like. Panelists from Lockheed Martin included:

  • Lauren McCulley, Spacecraft Design Engineer
  • Shelby Hopkins, Systems Engineer
  • Kari Van Zyl, RF Engineer
  • Kaitlyn Britt, Human Factors Engineer
  • Danielle Leonard, Financial Analyst

Each panelist introduced herself and spoke to the girls about what she does at Lockheed Martin. Then, the girls were led through a short lesson about space exploration. After the presentation, the panelists answered questions that girls submitted in advance and live in the chat box. Girls asked all different kinds of questions from, “What did you study in school?” and, “Are you good at math?” to, “Will we colonize the Moon one day?”.

Girl Scouts who participated live earned a special Lockheed Martin and Girl Scouts patch. Missed the live sessions? Watch the recorded webinars linked below. Watching the recordings meets the requirements for the “Meet an Expert” patch and the new STEM Career Exploration Badges for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.

Check out upcoming Meet an Expert webinars on the GSCO Events Calendar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=meet+an+expert

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Earn your Girl Scouts and Lockheed Martin Patch

Girl Scouts of Colorado and Lockheed Martin Women’s Impact Network present a special opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn about goal setting, networking, and branding! Girls will hear from an amazing panel of women and participate in a live Q&A session. Please submit your questions for our panelists in advance through the registration link.


  • November 17, 2020 4-4:45 p.m.: Daisies, Brownies, Juniors
  • November 18, 2020 4-5:30 p.m.: Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors

Register Now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_special_edition_lockheed_martin_womens_impact_network_webinar_11_17_2020_11_18_2020

Registration will close Friday, November 13.

Panelists Include:

  • Kaitlyn Britt, Human Factors, Design Engineer
  • Kari Van Zyl, RF Engineer
  • Danielle Leonard, Financial Analyst, Leadership Development
  • Shelby Hopkins, Senior Systems Engineer
  • Lauren McCulley, Spacecraft Design Engineer

Participation in this session will help meet requirements for the new STEM Career Exploration badges for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.

Girls will also receive a special Lockheed Martin and Girl Scouts patch in the mail after participating. The patch will only be provided to girls who register in advance and attend the program live.

When registering, you are telling us you will be logging in LIVE! Our panelists will prepare based on registration numbers, so please make sure you log in on time. Both sessions will be recorded. Do not register if you plan to watch the recording.

We will use Zoom to host these sessions. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.


We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Cadette troop visits Lockheed Martin CHIL Lab

Submitted by Christi Bontempo

Metro Denver


Littleton Cadettes from Troop 62252 toured the Lockheed Martin CHIL (Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory) on October 30, 2018. In this space, Lockheed Martin uses virtual reality to create and analyze simulations that are used for engineering solutions before manufacturing begins on products used in space exploration, solar arrays, and imaging satellites. These Girl Scouts have been building and creating in virtual reality through the DECTech program at the Colorado School of Mines. This STEM outreach program is designed especially for girls. The leaders are female Mines students with a passion for engineering, who want to engage the next generation of girls by introducing them to hands-on applications via virtual reality, chemistry, computers, and mathematics. The girls from Troop 62252 have ventured into coding and become familiar with the computer and engineering atmosphere at one of the best engineering schools in the country. Their experience has been amazing and their work was extremely fun. They have attended three out of four classes at the School of Mines and are looking forward to finishing their assignments at the last class.

For more information on STEM classes for all girls: https://tech.mines.edu/

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Reach for the stars, you’ll land on the moon!

Written by Colorado Girl Scout Alumnae, Emily Walters, who earned her Gold Award in 2004

Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Gold Award has helped me get to where I am today.

I was recently fortunate to work on the GRAIL satellite project at Lockheed Martin. GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) is a two satellite system that will orbit the moon to analyze the internal structure and lunar gravity. They are relatively small compared to other satellites, about the size of a washer and dryer, and launched toward the moon on Sept. 8, 2011. I was a part of the team that assembled the spacecraft, tested each component of the spacecraft as it was added, and tested the fully integrated system. Prior to the launch, I worked in Cape Canaveral, Florida to do final testing and integrate the GRAIL satellites to the rocket. Some days I wrote procedures or code software scripts, other days I worked in a cleanroom bunny suit running a test on the spacecraft. I got to work directly with the hardware to get to know the satellites in and out. On Sept. 8th, I helped the team launch the rocket for its journey to the moon!

In school and growing up, I was always interested in math and science. When it was time to decide what I wanted to do for my Gold Award project (one of Girl Scouts most prestigious awards), I knew that I wanted to do something to share my love of math and science. When I was in high school, I earned my Gold Award for starting a summer science program for elementary aged kids. It was an opportunity for me to have fun and help inspire others with my passion for science. During my project, I led the children through different science topics and experiments. Since I had always been interested in space, we had a “space week” where we explored different space topics.

What helped me the most with earning my Gold Award were the team building experiences that I had through Girl Scouts. I had an opportunity to learn about leadership and eventually take the lead. I also had to go outside of my comfort zone while working on my Gold Award, which helped me push my boundaries. I use these skills at work by asserting myself with a team to make sure that GRAIL was ready to go to the moon. On Sept. 8th, I sat in front of a monitor in the Mission Control Center as the rocket counted down to take GRAIL to the moon.

If you want to learn more about GRAIL, visit these sites: