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Get Ready: April is STEM Month!


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April 2017 is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Month! GSOSW is celebrating with tons of hands-on STEM events for girls all month long. In addition to learning and building skills, girls will earn a FREE STEM fun patch when they participate in any designated GSOSW STEM Month Activity. To find STEM Month Activities, look for the STEM Month icon in the  Spring/Summer Program Guide or for the term “STEM Month Activity” in online activity descriptions.

The fun kicks off Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with the third Annual Girl Scout STEM Day! This year's event features even more hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities and program partners, plus award-winning Girl Scout Lego teams showing off their robots' moves! This event is FREE with promo code Free2017.

The STEM fun doesn't have to stop with STEM Month. Here are two more amazing STEM opportunities to explore:

Space Science Workshop at Goddard Space Flight Center
Open to GS Seniors
GSOSW is exploring local interest in an incredible opportunity for Girl Scout Seniors to be a part of a unique, week-long intensive space science workshop at NASA’s premier research facility, Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. The workshop will be held from June 18-23, 2017. The goal of this workshop is to prepare 10 council teams to establish sustainable Astronomy Clubs in their home council. Training will include a mixture of lively presentations by NASA scientists, hands-on activities, observations with a robotic telescope, lab tours, and outdoor experiences that will engage attendees and equip them with the knowledge, tools and NASA science education materials to start astronomy clubs back home. Council teams will be made up of 2 Girl Scout Seniors, 1 Girl Scout staff person and 1 amateur astronomer. All travel and lodging expenses (home airport to home airport) for the GSFC training are covered through this opportunity.

To express interest, complete the Girl Scout Senior application form and submit it to the GSOSW Program department by March 17, 2017 (email activities@girlscoutsosw.org or fax 503-892-7619).

Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition
The 11th annual Reach for the Stars National Rocket Competition is a safe, affordable and fun way to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). The competition honors the memory of the first Teacher-in-Space, Christa McAuliffe, a Girl Scout alumna. Competitors build their own rocket from a kit – then launch it hundreds of feet in the air and watch it come back to earth under a parachute. To learn more or plan your own local event visit therocketman.net. Five (5) national winners will be determined from local entries, and will be invited to celebrate at Space Camp at the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.