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NASA is Coming to Portland!


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to visit space? Let's find out! Join NASA at GSOSW's Portland Service Center for a variety of classes exploring the effects of space on the human body. These FREE classes are open to Girl Scout and Boy Scout members only!

When: Thursday, June 22, 2017 and Friday, June 23, 2017. Classes will take place at the same times on both days (see below for details).

Where: GSOSW's Portland Service Center (9620 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219, ROOM 220).

Class Details:

Class Name Grade Level Time Details
Space Radiation Shielding with NASA Grades 3-5, Girl Scout Brownies (2-3)/Girl Scout Juniors (4-5) 10 – 11 a.m. Space radiation comes from stars in galaxies, like the sun in our galaxy, and can have devastating effects to our bodies and other materials. Come learn how different materials are able to shield spacecrafts from space radiation and you’ll be able to choose the best material to build a spacecraft.
The Human Body in Space with NASA Grades K-8, Girl Scout Daisies (K-1)/Girl Scout Brownies (2-3)/Girl Scout Juniors (4-5)/Girl Scout Cadette (6-8) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Ever thought you could test bone density using plastic snack bags, corn puff cereal and a heavy book? In this workshop, you will apply the scientific method to determine degrees of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth.
Modeling Waves in the Electromagnetic Spectrum with NASA Grades 9-12, Girl Scout Seniors (9-10)/Girl Scout Ambassadors (11-12) 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Climb aboard with NASA for an advanced exploration of radiation’s effects on biological tissue. Find out how various forms of electromagnetic radiation are emitted by coronal mass ejections on our Sun, as well as supernovae millions of light years from earth. Use tools to model and record these waves to determine their energy, and calculate your annual radiation dosage. Compare your exposure to that of NASA astronauts who live and work in space!

To Sign Up: Register beginning Friday, June 2 at! Girls must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Attending as a troop? Follow required adult-to-girl ratios.

Questions? Contact STEM Program Specialist Shannon Joseph, at or 503-977-6806. See you there!