On Saturday, Sept. 8th, 27 teen Girl Scouts gathered at Colorado State University (CSU) for a science program called Lighten Up. The event focused on the science of light where girls participated in hands-on activities, including making telescopes, learning about lasers and color, how light travels through different objects, as well as careers in STEM. This event was put on in partnership with CSU, and volunteers for the event were college students from CSU’s Society of Women Engineers. In fact, head volunteer for the event, Kaarin Goncz, education director for CSU’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, is a Girl Scout alum and proudly wore her Girl Scout leadership pin at the event. One of the Girl Scout participants at event commented “this is way better than science in school.”
Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant for its statewide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, with an emphasis on programming in the metro Denver area. The grant will support Girl Scouts of Colorado in providing STEM programs that contribute to girls’ academic achievement and encourage them to realize their potential and leadership capabilities in STEM fields.
Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—from camp to badge projects, events and after-school programs. Girls are introduced to STEM-related careers that are generally under-represented by women, and to successful female role models who work in those careers. Girl Scouts, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, has successfully engaged and cultivated girls’ interest in STEM subjects over the decades.
Through its focus area grants, Xcel Energy supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that: improve science, technology, engineering, economics and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provide access to arts and culture. In 2011, the company contributed $3.9 million in focus area grants to organizations across its eight-state service territory. More information on Xcel Energy is available at xcelenergy.com.
To learn more on how to support Colorado’s 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org or call 1-855-726-4726.
Girl Scouts from Summit County enjoyed an overnight camp at Keystone Science School March 17 and 18. A day of STEM and studying the natural water cycle were capped off with an evening around the campfire and viewing the planet Jupiter’s moons from Keystone’s observatory!
Brittany Kowalski, a senior at Vista Ridge High School and a Girl
Scout since 2002, competed and earned a spot (only 40 girls nationwide received this honor) to go to Houston, Texas, to participate in a NASA program.
Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant to support its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The grant is specifically designed to help Girl Scouts of Colorado encourage girls to explore STEM and fuel the pipeline for the anticipated three million more scientists and engineers that America will need when today’s girls graduate from college. Programming will be delivered to girls statewide, with an emphasis on metro Denver and Colorado Springs. Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout experience from camp to troop activities, badge work, events and community outreach programs. One of the focuses of Girl Scouts’ STEM programming is introducing girls to women who work in STEM fields.
Pictured below is Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy (right) as he presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado for science, technology, engineering and math activities. Girl Scouts of Colorado staff pictured are Megan Ferland (center), president and CEO, and Greg Movesian (left), senior vice president of resource development.