In November, 2012, GSESC was awarded a Girls Go Techbridge grant for $10,000 and approximately $10,000 worth of STEM activity materials.
Girls Go Techbridge is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote girls’ interest and skills in science, technology, and engineering. GSESC joins 15 other councils who use the Girls Go Techbridge program. In addition to the $10,000, GSESC also received three sets of five programs-in-a-box. The five programs-in-a-box include hands-on activities and career exploration.
Girls learn about green design by constructing their own green studio in a shoebox from start to finish – from brainstorming an idea, to creating a floor plan, to building “green.” In construction stages, girls will explore and reflect on energy usage in their home and consider ways to change habits to lessen environmental impact. Careers introduced in this program-in-a-box are: architect, civil engineer, environmental engineer, product designer, materials engineer, and landscape architect.
Girls learn about electronics and circuitry through a series of hands-on investigations. They will begin with exploration of Snap CircuitsTM, learn about basic electronic components and build different kinds of circuits. Rounding out this unit, girls will learn how to solder and put their skills to action, making an Electric Game Board (based on the concept of an OperationTM game) and Tilt Lantern that they can take home. Careers introduced in this program-in-a-box are: electrical engineer, toy designer, software engineer, mechanical engineer, and materials science engineer.
Love to be creative? In this program-in-a-box, girls learn about the engineering design process and get their creative juices flowing by building and designing a pencil pouch for your buddy, and work as a team to create a unique bubble wand, bubble solution and the marketing plan to accompany your product. They’ll also build protective packaging for their favorite cookie and prototype a toy of your own invention. Careers introduced in this program-in-a-box are: chemical engineer, mechanical engineer, marketing specialist, product manager, packaging engineer, and product designer.
Survival skills meet science as girls design water filters, wind-powered cranks, a message-carrying car, and safe shelter for your troop’s (make-believe) camping trip in Yellowstone National Park. After an earthquake strikes your fictional campground your electrical power, your food, and your water source are unavailable. How will you get out of this predicament? By applying your engineering, problem-solving and design savvy! Careers introduced in this program-in-a-box are: mechanical engineer, environmental engineer, civil engineer, structural engineer, and geologist.
Welcome to a crazy carnival of your own creation. Girls explore simple machines all around them as they build a merry-go-round, a bean-bag toss, and a race car. Levers, pulleys, screws and gears abound as girls engineer the ultimate playground of their imagination. Careers introduced in this program-in-a-box are: mechanical engineer, structural engineer, industrial engineer, computer scientist, safety engineer, and transportation engineer.
Be on the lookout for Girls Go Techbridge training and event announcements. If you want to learn more, contact Lesley Robinson.