On July 26, more than 150 girls from Southeast Alaska "rocked" at an event that featured 20 hands-on science activities.
"Girls Rock Science," organized by Springboard, a program of the Juneau Economic Development Council, and the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council, gave girls (and some boys) of all ages a chance to roll up their sleeves to build miniature wetlands, construct paper bag rockets and dissect owl pellets.
Parents and kids spent four hours at Chapel by the Lake building, experimenting, exploring and most importantly having fun with science. More than 35 volunteers from 13 different organizations were on hand to support the event. Volunteers from the Juneau School District, the Girl Scouts, the Juneau Economic Development Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, DIPAC, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Forest Service, Glacier Pediatrics, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center, University of Alaska Southeast, Rotary and Rotaract joined forces to make the event a true community wide success. The U.S. Navy even flew up four female researchers from Virginia to run activities in electricity and robotics.
"All of the volunteers were inspirational and the diversity of activities allowed each girl to find something that appealed to them," Rebecca Parks, one of the event organizers, said. "Most importantly, the girls really had fun. You should see all the capital letters and exclamation points on the feedback surveys!"
Springboard hopes to make this an annual or potentially biannual event. For more information on "Girls Rock Science" or the Springboard Education program, contact Rebecca Parks at 523-2334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.