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Help your girl discover her inner scientist!
“I want to major in engineering and physics,” said Alexis, 16, during a break at Girls Inc. Day on IUPUI campus. “I like figuring out how things work and discovering the reality of things.”
Alex was one of 125 girls in attendance at Girls Inc. Day 2014: “Exploration Into STEM.” STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and Girls Inc. Day is a Saturday full of activities designed specifically to spark and develop girls’ interest in these areas. This year’s event was made possible by Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and ExactTarget Marketing Cloud.
The day started with two computer-based workshops led by the IU School of Informatics STARS. In one, girls learned how to program small “Finch” robots to navigate around obstacles, then kept testing and refining their commands until their robots were successful. In the other, girls participated in a “Game Maker” workshop, experimenting with creating and manipulating 3D images in a virtual landscape.
After lunch, the girls listened as NASA program scientist, Liz Warren, PhD, talked about careers at NASA, the international space station, and science in everyday life, giving them each an assignment to spot the space station themselves.
The two workshops after lunch were led by the Purdue Women of Engineering, and were all about creative engineering, teamwork, and trial and error. Read more and view a slideshow here.
Girls Inc. day 2014 was sponsored by ExactTarget Marketing Cloud and Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.