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Girls Get Science!


Dr. Pamela "Pan" Conrad, NASA astrobiologist

One of the most fun things about working for The Great Adventure Lab is all the great people we get to meet! Now we want to share some with you!

On the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 16, we are hosting our first-ever Girls Get Science event for parents and the girls in their lives. During the first hour of the event, girls will take part in hands-on activities while their parents attend a panel discussion about the experience of women and girls studying science. After that, the girls will rejoin their parents to learn about what the scientists do and ask questions.

Why are we doing this? Because most of our classes are almost all boys. In fact some are all boys. And while we enjoy teaching all of our students, we worry that some girls aren’t signing up, or don’t feel at home in our classes because they are among just a few girls. We want to change that. We want to encourage more girls to sign up for science classes. We’re training our teachers to be more aware of the different learning styles of girls and boys. And we’re hosting events like this to give girls more exposure to science activities and career options while raising community awareness of the issue!

Girls who attend the event will be able to participate in hands-on activities including robotics, digital storytelling and crime science.

Our panelists for the evening are:

*Dr. Pamela “Pan” Conrad, an astrobiologist from the Mars Science Laboratory science team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. For her work, Dr. Conrad has voyaged to some of the most extreme climates on earth, including Antarctica. In addition to speaking at conferences all over the world, Dr. Conrad, an avid scuba diver appeared in Aliens of the Deep, by James Cameron, director of Titanic.

* Dr. Toby Ratcliffe, a hydrodynamicist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Dr. Ratciffe developed the curriculum for SeaPerch, an innovative underwater robotics program that trains teachers to teach their students how to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. MCPS is rolling out Dr. Ratcliffe’s curriculum to several schools.

*Mary Fertig, P.E., a civil engineer for the City of Rockville’s Department of Public Works.  Ms. Fertig received her BSCE from the University of Vermont in water resources, transportation, land planning,  and site engineering.

Is there a girl in your life who’d like to have a fun evening with science? Please bring her! We must cap this event at 30 parent-daughter pairs, so if you’d like to attend, don’t delay!

You can register here.


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