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Girl Scout Engineering Day with Colorado School of Mines

The Society of Women Engineers at Colorado School of Mines is thrilled to invite Girl Scout Juniors to participate in their annual Girl Scout Engineering Day on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 9 – 11 a.m. This year, the program is virtual, and girls have the option to order a supply kit in advance or gather their own supplies. This virtual exploration of science and engineering will consist of a variety of STEM activities and a short panel discussion.

Register for a supply kit online (you may have to copy and paste this link into your browser): https://commerce.cashnet.com/SWE_MEP

  • $10 per supply box- We recommend one box of supplies per Girl Scout
  • Each supply box will include an Engineering Day patch
  • Registration for supply boxes will close October 23

Register to participate and assemble your own supplies: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhQvPVfURjIwYp8RGpafLIkX33gUzvCObd6fwLjZOYAiph6g/viewform

  • Registration is free if you choose to gather your own supplies. Girls will be mailed their Engineering Day patch after the program.
  • Registration for participation with your own supplies will close November 5.

* Please note: Registration forms must be completed once per Girl Scout. You cannot register multiple girls at a time. All participants will receive information about how to log into the virtual program via email before the program date. Enter “0” for your troop number if you are registering a Juliette.

Supplies (either included in your supply box OR items you will have to assemble on your own):

  • Paper (in both small strips and long strips)
  • Straws (a whole bunch)
  • Ruler
  • One Clear jar (mason jar, empty peanut butter jar, or Tupperware)
  • Food coloring
  • Smallish cardboard box (about the size of a shoebox)
  • Two paper or plastic cups (paper is suggested)
  • Water based marker (more colors will be more fun, but you really only need one)
  • String
  • Four paper clips (at least two of them need to be large)
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • White coffee filters (at least five)
  • Balloon

ALL participants will need to gather the items listed below before the program:

  • Scissors
  • Tape (scotch, masking, or packaging)
  • Water
  • Dirty water (this can come from a pond or stream, or just tap water with a handful of dirt)
  • Coffee mug or other container that can withstand heat
  • Spoon
  • Small weights (marbles, pennies, gravel, or something similar)
  • Two relatively sturdy things of equal height you could move around a room (two chairs, chair and table, etc.)
  • Questions to ask SWE volunteers about science and engineering

Questions? Email Madeline Keck at mkeck@mymail.mines.edu.

Event flier: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/flyers/2020/Final_GSED_Flyer_2020.png

More information: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scout_engineeri.html

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.

STEM Club Activity: Miniature Greenhouses

Today, we’re going to make our own miniature greenhouses! 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.

You will need:

  • One Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Soil
  • Seeds of any kind
  • Two Clear plastic cups
  • Tape

What is the greenhouse effect? From Britannica Kids: “The greenhouse effect is a warming of Earth’s surface and the air above it. It is caused by gases in the air that trap heat from the Sun. These heat-trapping gases are called greenhouse gases, a common greenhouse gas actually comes from our bodies! Carbon Dioxide! Without the greenhouse effect, Earth would be too cold for life to exist.”

What is a greenhouse? A greenhouse is a building where plants such as flowers and vegetables are grown. Greenhouses warm up during the day by capturing the heat from the sunlight and keep in the heat overnight. The warmth and humidity that a greenhouse provides helps the plants grow faster than they would without a greenhouse. A gardener without a greenhouse is like a cook without a stove!

Let’s make our greenhouse!

Step One: Decorate your plate and cup. You can decorate it with drawings of the plants that will grow in your greenhouse or however you choose. Get creative!

Step Two: Fill one of your clear plastic cups halfway with soil.

Step Three: Take your pinky finger and put four or five little holes in the soil.  Put your seeds in the holes you made in the soil. Then, put a little scoop of soil on top of the seeds!

Step Four: Add some water on top of the soil and place the other plastic cup on top of the other.

Step Five: Tape only one side of the two cups together so the cups can still open on a side and you can water it.  Set your greenhouse somewhere in your house that has sunshine and watch your plants grow!

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.

Fairy Tales & STEM with Aurora Public Library – Virtual

Join us as we discover the science behind fairy tales in this 8-week virtual series with Girl Scouts of Colorado and Aurora Public Library.

Build a house that will stand up to the Big Bad Wolf, observe the sky and predict the weather for Henny Penny, or help rebuild Little Bear’s chair! Each week we will read a story and practice creative problem solving as we tackle the challenges in classic fairy tales.

The Fairy Tales & STEM program will be held on Thursdays, from 4:00-4:30 p.m.  Each week will feature a different story and activity.

These free 30-minute workshops are designed for girls in grades K-3 to experience hands-on STEM activities. A Girl Scout membership is not required and girls can attend a single session, or the entire series.

This program will be run on the following dates:

  • September 10 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 8)
  • September 17 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 15)
  • September 24 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 22)
  • October 1 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 29)
  • October 8 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 6)
  • October 15 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 13)
  • October 22 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 20)
  • October 29 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 27)

We require registration to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/fairy_tales_stem_with_aurora_public_library_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.

Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

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.

Fairy Tales & STEM with Aurora Public Library – Virtual

Join us as we discover the science behind fairy tales in this 8-week virtual series with Girl Scouts of Colorado and Aurora Public Library.

Build a house that will stand up to the Big Bad Wolf, observe the sky and predict the weather for Henny Penny, or help rebuild Little Bear’s chair! Each week we will read a story and practice creative problem solving as we tackle the challenges in classic fairy tales.

The Fairy Tales & STEM program will be held on Thursdays, from 4:00-4:30 p.m.  Each week will feature a different story and activity.

These free 30-minute workshops are designed for girls in grades K-3 to experience hands-on STEM activities. A Girl Scout membership is not required and girls can attend a single session, or the entire series.

This program will be run on the following dates:

  • September 10 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 8)
  • September 17 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 15)
  • September 24 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 22)
  • October 1 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 29)
  • October 8 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 6)
  • October 15 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 13)
  • October 22 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 20)
  • October 29 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 27)

We require registration to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/fairy_tales_stem_with_aurora_public_library_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.

Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

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.

Evento para los grados 6-12: Piensa como una científica ciudadana

* El evento será ofrecido exclusivamente en español y será organizado por el Concilio Caribe de Girl Scouts.

¡Las Girl Scouts de nivel Cadette, Senior y Ambassador y niñas en grados 6-12 están invitadas a “Pensar como una científica” con Johnson & Johnson! A través del Journey (Aventura) de Think Like a Citizen Scientist las niñas aprenden cómo los científicos hacen observaciones, recolectan datos y ayudan a los científicos a llevar a cabo investigaciones científicas e importantes.

Durante el evento, las niñas:

  • Escucharan un empleado de Johnson & Johnson hablar sobre su trabajo y su trayectoria profesional.
  • Observarán y recolectarán datos sobre su ambiente mientras trabajan en actividades del Journey de Think Like a Citizen Scientist.
  • Participarán en un proyecto de ciencia donde registrarán datos sobre las nubes para el proyecto GLOBE Observer: Clouds de la NASA.
  • Reflexionaran sobre lo que han aprendido y cómo pueden tomar medidas.
  • Al final del evento, se les alentará a las niñas a crear un proyecto de acción sostenible que resuelva un problema en su comunidad. Después del evento, las niñas pueden planificar y crear sus proyectos para ganar el premio Take Action (premio de Tomar Acción) y completar el Journey.

El generoso apoyo de Johnson & Johnson al Journey de Think Like a Citizen Scientist para Girl Scouts de nivel Cadette, Senior y Ambassador preparara a las niñas para experimentar, explorar su ambiente y empujar los límites de maneras saludables, todo mientras aprenden cómo pueden mejorar el mundo a través de la ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, y matemáticas (STEM, por sus siglas en inglés).

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.

Juniors Explore The Scientific Method with Petri Dishes

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Our Girl Scout Junior Troop explored The Scientific Method by forming a question and hypothesis about bacteria in their homes. Once they formed their hypothesis, they used agar plates to test and analyze their results. To the surprise of the Girl Scouts, the remote controls they tested grew more bacterial and mold colonies than the toilet, cat box, and boot samples. One girl had a tough time growing any bacteria. Her conclusion was that because she stored her petri dish in a windowsill, the UV rays killed her bacteria. The Girl Scouts are eager to start placing their remote controls in the sun to see if they get fewer bacterial colonies when they test again.

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.

Cybersecurity with Bank of America

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to participate in a virtual program to earn their Cybersecurity Basics badge with Bank of America’s cybersecurity experts on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 12 – 3 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/cybersecurity_with_bank_of_america_virtual_10_07_2020

Girl Scouts will learn about cybersecurity and how you can protect yourself when using the internet, email, and your phone. Examine the latest tools and techniques for preventing cyber threats and learn what it takes to work in this fast-paced field. Learn about the threats facing consumers and corporations and obtain hands-on experience in the basics of data security using core skills and best-practice techniques. Discuss popular social media apps and explore how photos and messages are never completely deleted.

Please note – this program is hosted by Bank of America and Girl Scouts from across the county are invited to participate.

You will receive information about how to log into the virtual session via email prior to the program date.

All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership.

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.

Fairy Tales & STEM with Aurora Public Library – Virtual

Join us as we discover the science behind fairy tales in this 8-week virtual series with Girl Scouts of Colorado and Aurora Public Library.

Build a house that will stand up to the Big Bad Wolf, observe the sky and predict the weather for Henny Penny, or help rebuild Little Bear’s chair! Each week we will read a story and practice creative problem solving as we tackle the challenges in classic fairy tales.

The Fairy Tales & STEM program will be held on Thursdays, from 4:00-4:30 p.m.  Each week will feature a different story and activity.

These free 30-minute workshops are designed for girls in grades K-3 to experience hands-on STEM activities. A Girl Scout membership is not required and girls can attend a single session, or the entire series.

This program will be run on the following dates:

  • September 10 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 8)
  • September 17 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 15)
  • September 24 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 22)
  • October 1 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, September 29)
  • October 8 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 6)
  • October 15 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 13)
  • October 22 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 20)
  • October 29 – (Registration end date: Tuesday, October 27)

We require registration to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance. Please register here: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/fairy_tales_stem_with_aurora_public_library_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.

Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend.

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: The Energetic Side of Engineering

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to meet engineer, advocate, historian, lifetime Girl Scout, and champion of all women, Jill Tietjen, on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/meet_an_expert_the_energetic_side_of_engineering_webinar_09_16_2020

Registration closes September 15.

As a professional engineer, Jill spent more than 40 years in the electric utility industry and was the national president of the Society of Women Engineers and the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and its first female president. Jill was on the board of Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council from 1999 – 2007 and was board chair from 2003 – 2007. She is also an inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame, and a Girl Scout Woman of Distinction. Today, Jill is an advocate for women and girls in STEM fields and the president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc.

During this webinar Jill will speak to girls about her education, career, and what life is like working as a woman in STEM. She will also walk girls through a lesson on energy consumption and how the electric utility industry functions. After her presentation, girls will have an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.

This is an amazing opportunity for girls of all ages to learn about energy from one of Colorado’s top women in STEM.

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. The webinar will be recorded and posted to GSCO’s YouTube channel for girls to access in the future.

Participating in this webinar will fulfill partial requirements for the new STEM Career Exploration badges for Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

If you are having trouble completing registration, please email 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 – Steck Elementary

Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a ROBOT with Girl Scouts! This event is for K-3 girls at Steck Elementary School!

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.

We have two dates to choose from (please select one): 

  • August 27 (Thursday), 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Registration end date: Tuesday, August 25)
  • September 9 (Wednesday), 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Registration end date:  Friday, September 4)

If you’re unable to make either of these dates, or if the deadline has passed, please contact me and I’m happy to add another 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.

Pre-registration is required to maintain capacity, track attendance and for virtual quality assurance, etc. Here is the link to register: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/robot_building_party_steck_elementary_virtual

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.