Tag Archives: STEM

Think Like An Engineer – Denver Metro – Virtual

Want to Learn how to design a Puff Mobile? Our event is FREE!

Future Girl Scouts, Kindergarten through 3rd grade, will use the Design Thinking Process to design, build, and test a Puff Mobile – a car powered by air. Girls will Learn how engineers work together, design and build a Puff Mobile with their parent team, and share their design during a reflection at the end of the meeting.

An activity kit will be available for pick up at a designated location near you a few days before the event. Details for that, plus a link to our zoom event, will be provided once you sign your daughter up! This event is meant to introduce your future Girl Scout and you to the challenging, skill-building activities that they will enjoy as a Girl Scout!

Please select from the dates below:

  • Tuesday, December 01 – (Registration end date: Monday, November 30)
  • Friday, December 04 – (Registration end date: Wednesday, December 02)
  • Monday, December 14 – (Registration end date: Saturday, December 12)

Please note: This event is for girls who are not currently registered Girl Scouts. This event may not last the entire hour and a half time slot that it’s scheduled for.

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/think_like_an_engineer_denver_metro_virtual

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

Think Like An Engineer – Denver Metro – Virtual

Want to Learn how to design a Puff Mobile? Our event is FREE!

Future Girl Scouts, Kindergarten through 3rd grade, will use the Design Thinking Process to design, build, and test a Puff Mobile – a car powered by air. Girls will Learn how engineers work together, design and build a Puff Mobile with their parent team, and share their design during a reflection at the end of the meeting.

An activity kit will be available for pick up at a designated location near you a few days before the event. Details for that, plus a link to our zoom event, will be provided once you sign your daughter up! This event is meant to introduce your future Girl Scout and you to the challenging, skill-building activities that they will enjoy as a Girl Scout!

Please select from the dates below:

  • Tuesday, December 01 – (Registration end date: Monday, November 30)
  • Friday, December 04 – (Registration end date: Wednesday, December 02)
  • Monday, December 14 – (Registration end date: Saturday, December 12)

Please note: This event is for girls who are not currently registered Girl Scouts. This event may not last the entire hour and a half time slot that it’s scheduled for.

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/think_like_an_engineer_denver_metro_virtual

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

Think Like An Engineer – Denver Metro – Virtual

Want to Learn how to design a Puff Mobile? Our event is FREE!

Future Girl Scouts, Kindergarten through 3rd grade, will use the Design Thinking Process to design, build, and test a Puff Mobile – a car powered by air. Girls will Learn how engineers work together, design and build a Puff Mobile with their parent team, and share their design during a reflection at the end of the meeting.

An activity kit will be available for pick up at a designated location near you a few days before the event. Details for that, plus a link to our zoom event, will be provided once you sign your daughter up! This event is meant to introduce your future Girl Scout and you to the challenging, skill-building activities that they will enjoy as a Girl Scout!

Please select from the dates below:

  • Tuesday, December 01 – (Registration end date: Monday, November 30)
  • Friday, December 04 – (Registration end date: Wednesday, December 02)
  • Monday, December 14 – (Registration end date: Saturday, December 12)

Please note: This event is for girls who are not currently registered Girl Scouts. This event may not last the entire hour and a half time slot that it’s scheduled for.

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/think_like_an_engineer_denver_metro_virtual

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants within 24 hours of the event.

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact our Customer Care team by emailing inquiry@gscolorado.org or calling 877-404-5708.

Meet an Expert: Women of Robotics with Arrow Electronics

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet two women in robotics at Meet an Expert – Women of Robotics with Arrow Electronics
on January 13, 2021 Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_women_of_robotics_with_arrow_electronics_webinar_01_13_2021

Arrow Electronics is a technology company with a passion for innovation and transforming the way we look at technology. Make, manage, and create are core values of Arrow Electronics. During this webinar, we will be talking about a special robot Arrow is making to transform a girl’s life.

Our experts for the webinar will be Victoria Bohannon-Pea, project manager, and Anjelica Roman, business development manager.

Girl Scouts participating in the Robotics badge series in January are strongly encouraged to attend.

Participating in this webinar will help meet requirements for the new STEM Career Exploration Badges for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.

After the presentation, you will have a chance to ask our experts questions live through the chat box. By completing registration, you are telling us you will be joining the session LIVE on January 13. Please make sure to mark your calendar and join on time. We will be recording the session and posting it to the GSCO YouTube channel so you can watch in the future. Please do not complete registration if you are planning to watch the recording.

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out 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.

If you are having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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.

Robot Building Party – Denver Metro and Aurora – Virtual – 11/17/2020

Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a ROBOT with Girl Scouts! This FREE event is for girls K-3 in Denver and Aurora.

Participants will enjoy engaging with other girls in a creative, educational environment under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff.

Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/robot_building_party_denver_metro_and_aurora_virtual_11_17_2020

All registered participants will receive a zoom link before the event.

If the deadline has passed, or if these dates don’t work, please contact me so I can invite you to a future event!

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If you have any questions about this event: Bambi.Dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Anna Rahn, Colorado Springs, “Get Girls in STEM”

 

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project inspired elementary-aged girls to further explore STEM topics in order to rectify the gender imbalance in many classes and workplaces. During the course of my project, my issue expanded to include teachers and parents in my target audience as well.

To do this, I created 17 STEM activities for use in the classroom. These were designed to be used in classrooms and after-school events, but due to the global pandemic, I was unable to distribute them to local schools. Instead, the PDF copies were made available for free on www.getgirlsinstem.wixsite.com/stemactivities. Additionally, the Instagram account @getgirlsinstem posted photos of each activity with a short description for approximately two months.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

I decided to measure my project’s success by the number of people reached. On social media and the internet, this is a very easy way to measure how many people have read and interacted with posts, comments, and articles. I was not sure how many online interactions were a reasonable expectation, so I set my goals after seeing how the first post performed.

On Instagram, I used the Insights feature available to creators to analyze my weekly views, follows, profile visits, and website clicks. Since this updates weekly, I recorded my statistics frequently and was able to add up my total impact at the very end of my project. By June 15, 2020, I had 727 followers, 8,010 impressions (the number of times a post was viewed), 6,933 reaches (the number of unique accounts that viewed a given post), 34 saves, 1,150 likes, and 40 posts.

For my website, I used an apps that Wix provided called QuickAnalytics and Web-Stat. These were much more detailed than Instagram Analytics and provided information on visitors, visitor location, operating systems, referring sites, and more. By the end, I had 106 visitors coming from 11 states and seven countries.

How is your project sustainable? How will your project continue to impact after your involvement?

Many students in my school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) and Science NHS were interested in creating activity pages and volunteering at demonstrations. I spoke with the students who will be in leadership next year and asked about their willingness to take over this project throughout their senior year. I received positive responses, so provided a list of suggested volunteer activities that included writing activity pages, writing blog articles, and coordinating demonstrations at local schools. With the help of these students, my project will continue to grow and impact the community even after I have disengaged.

What is your project’s global and/or national connection?

My website and Instagram page reached parents, teachers, and students all over the world. Wix’s app Web-Stat showed my website traffic analytics each month, which included information on visitor frequency, location, equipment, and more. This showed me that people from all over the country were viewing my activities and blog posts. Visitors came from 11 states (California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia) and seven countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the United States, Taiwan, and Thailand).

Instagram also showed visitor analytics, updating once per week. However, this only displayed the five top areas by city and country, so I screenshotted the important information frequently to keep track of each change. On Instagram, I received visitors from four American cities (Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose) and six countries (Australia, Canada, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, the United States).

What did you learn about yourself?

During my project, I grew and learned much about myself. For example, I never realized how passionate I could be about a social issue until I started actively trying to solve one. The more research I did on the statistics and factors impacting women in STEM, the more I wanted to help dismantle these barriers.

I learned about myself when reaching out to others, whether they be teachers, principals, mentors, or organizations. I had never contacted someone about a personal project before, and was hesitant and nervous about sending my first email. However, I soon realized that advocating for a cause I truly believed in was energizing. It felt good to know I was improving a real-world situation and making a quantifiable impact. I learned that I can reach out to others and bring together a team.

I also learned about growth. The beginning of my project was rocky – progress was slow, and I wasn’t fully sure I could actually complete it. There were many steps in the road before me, and I had trouble seeing the end. However, as I began reaching out to people, they began responding. I realized there are many, many people who are willing to help, and this discovery helped me to grow in confidence and initiative.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

My Gold Award project helped me grow in a way that will greatly impact me in the future. I learned how to manage a large-scale project, manage my time, speak up, and delegate tasks. All of these are quite important skills for a leadership position, so will help me in future job/internship applications where I can speak about my real-world experience leading a team.

Girl Scouts also helps Gold Award Girl Scouts network with one another, so by earning this award, I will be able to meet others with similar drive.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I finished my Gold Award during my senior year of high school. This was the last year I could be a Girl Scout participant before I aged out of the organization, so completing my project was like the culminating activity of my entire experience. I drew upon skills I had been working on since first joining, such as initiative, creativity, and leadership. Each of these came from troop activities, whether it be selling cookies, planning events, or working with younger girls. My project allowed me to utilize all these skills and improve upon others, as well as publicizing activities that allow girls to fall in love with STEM the way I did years ago.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L.?

When COVID-19 hit the United States, I could no longer hold in-person demonstration of my activities like I had planned. This forced me to find innovative ways of sharing my project with the community. I turned to Instagram and Wix, which gained me a larger exposure in the end since there were no physical constraints as there would be hand-delivering booklets to local schools.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

GSCO STEM Club Activity: Volcano—Acid Base Reaction

Today, we’re going to learn how to make a volcano at home using an acid (vinegar) and a base (baking soda). If you would like more activities like this one, join us every other week on Thursdays after school for one of GSCO’s STEM Clubs. Click here for Daisy STEM Club. Click here for Brownie and Junior STEM Club.

Materials Needed:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Cookie sheet or tray
  • Two styrofoam, paper, or plastic cups of any size
  • Scissors
  • Paper, markers, or crayons- If you would like to decorate your volcano
  • Piece of plain paper and something to write with

What is an acid and a base?

Acid– When we hear the word acid, we often think of things that are dangerous. They can be, but they can also be common things we find every day. Acids have a sour taste to them. Maybe you had an acid with breakfast?

Base- A base is a more bitter taste and has a kind of soapy feel if you rub it between your fingers. A base can also be a common item.  Maybe you baked cookies and added something base to help them rise.

Examples of Acids and Bases:

Acid

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Vinegar
  • Many dangerous chemicals

Base

  • Baking Soda
  • Sugar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soup and cleaning products
  • Heavy solvents and grease

Now that we have talked about what acids and bases are, let’s do an experiment to see how they work together.

Acids and bases do not like each other and they fight when they are mixed together. This is because they are trying to neutralize each other. When they are mixed, lots of bubbles are created. This is a reaction.

Making a Volcano to Test Mixing an Acid with a Base

First, we will create our volcano body.  You can use any type of cups for this.

Step One: Have an adult help you cut a medium size hole in the bottom of one of your cups.

Step Two: You will also need to ask for help to cut the other cup in half.

Let’s begin:

Creating the Outside of the Volcano

If you would like to decorate the outside of your volcano, you can do it several ways:

  • If your cup is paper or styrofoam, you can use sharpies and color right on the cup.
  • If your cup is plastic, you can decorate a piece of plain paper the same height as your cup. When you are done, wrap the paper around the cup and tape it to fit.

Creating the Acid Base Reaction

  • Step One: Take the small cup and put about one tablespoon of baking soda in it.
  • Step Two: Set that cup on a cookie sheet or tray of some kind.
  • Step Three: Place the “volcano” you made on top of the small container making sure not to spill the baking soda.
  • Step Four: Measure 1/4 cup of vinegar into a measuring cup or glass.
  • Step Five: Ready for magic! Slowly pour the vinegar into the mouth of the volcano and watch the fight! You may not need all of the vinegar.

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.

Dates:

  • 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.

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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.

GSCO STEM Club Activity: Pigment Transfer

Today, we’re going to learn how to use fresh flowers and leaves to create an imprint on a tote bag, T-shirt, tea towel, or watercolor paper. If you would like more activities like this one, join us every other week on Thursdays after school for one of GSCO’s STEM Clubs. For Daisy STEM Club, click here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/fall_2020_daisy_stem_club_virtual For Brownie and Junior STEM Club, click here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/fall_2020_brownie_junior_stem_club_virtual

You will need:

  • Fresh flowers and leaves
  • Rubber mallet or hammer
  • Hard, smooth pounding surface, such as a wood cutting board or heavy cardboard pad
  • Wax paper or plastic wrap to protect the cutting board surface
  • Your canvas: T-shirt/banners/tea towel (heavy, un-textured cotton works best)or watercolor paper 
  • Goggles or protective eye wear
  1. Place a cutting board* or thick cardboard and mallet/hammer in front of each team of two people, or if making a smaller product such as a banner or tea towel, one per girl.
  2. Gather your flowers and leaves. It is best to use flowers with more delicate structure and those without a large/raised center.
  3. Place your preferred canvas on the pounding surface. 
  4. Arrange the flowers on one half of the cloth and fold the other half over to create a mirror image. If you prefer a singular image, place a piece of paper or scrap cloth on top of the flowers before pounding them. Remember, if you choose to do a mirror image, the SAME image will be on both halves of your canvas.
  5. Gently pound the flowers until the images show. Once you are satisfied with the images, you can open the cloth and remove the leaves and flowers.

** Note: If using a wooden cutting board, place a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap on the surface to prevent permanent staining of the board.  This is not necessary when using cardboard. 

Learn more about pigment transfer and natural dye:

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.

Robot Building Party – Denver Metro – Virtual

Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a ROBOT with Girl Scouts! This event is for girls K-3 in the Denver Metro region!

Participants will enjoy engaging with other girls in a creative, educational environment under the guidance and encouragement of Girl Scout staff.

Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/robot_building_party_denver_metro_virtual

If the deadline has passed, or if this date doesn’t work, please contact me so I can invite you to a future event!

Before this event, please take the time to review the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge, and then virtually sign it with your girl. As always, safety is a top priority at Girl Scouts of Colorado, and we want to ensure she is staying safe while online Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Internet Safety Pledge.

If you have any questions about this event: bambi.dingman@gscolorado.org or have trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.