GS Technology Day
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Mon, 27 Jun 1994 12:37:01 EDT
I know Jeannie asked to have this posted directly to her, it just keeps
coming back. So here it is on Scouts-L. Again I'm sorry.
I have helped organize 2 Science events for Juniors here in the Ithaca
Service Unit. The first event we did was a full day event. We had
10 different workshops for the girls to shoose from. Each girl registered
for 4 workshops and 2 back ups. We recruited Cornell University students
from the different scientific societies for the women to run the programs.
The Society for Women Engineers, the Women in Physics, the Society for
Women in Chemistry, through contacting individual departments we also came
up with students from Biology, Computer Science, the Center for the
Enviorment, Astronomy and Geology. We gave them copies of badges that focused
on their areas so that they could get an idea of the type of activities the
juniors had experienced, then they put together the workshop, gave us the
description and the maximum number of girls they wanted in each session. We
held the event on the Cornell Campus. Each seesion was an hour long, with
about a 10 minute break between the two morning sessions, and the two
afternoon sessions, and a half hour lunch break. We provided the drinks, they
brought a bag lunch. The whole program was well recieved and had about 90
girls in attendance. We were able to hold the event in a building on
campus because I'm on staff here, and was able to reserve the rooms we needed.
Only staff and Faculty are able to do this. You might find different policies
at the universities near you. Basically, the GS did all the organization,
and the students planned their own workshop.
Because of the success of the first event we were asked if we would
plan another one this year. We wanted to do something a little bit different,
so that we could attract the same girls that attended last years. So this
year we contacted our Sciencenter (it's new, a lot of Scouts, both boys
and girls helped to build it). They have an educational outreach program.
After discussing with them what we wanted, we settled on three programs.
This time the girls registered for one program, listing their second choice.
While they weren't in the program they were able to explore the center and
it's activities. This event was not a full day event. We started at 9am and
finished at 12:30. We had enough adult GS on hand to help supervise the
different areas of the Sciencenter, to allow the girls to explore at
will. This program wasn't quite as well attended, only 50 girls. That was
partly due to the fact that we were in competition with the Cayuga Nature
Centers Maple festival, and alot of girls had been to the Sciencenter
either with family or school. Those who did attend, had a great time and
learned alot. This program actually took less organzing, because the
Sciencenter had programs already in place, and it was all held on the centers
By the way, our Cornell event was written up in the Feb/March(?) 1994
issue of the GS Leader magazine.
I hope this helps you some. If you have any questions please let
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City