Operation SMART® gets girls engaged in learning

Girls around Greater Indianapolis got a brain-power boost this summer participating in Girls Inc. Operation SMART®.  This year’s “Digging for Rocks” geology program taught girls at 30 partner sites how to identify the characteristics of various rocks, and, more importantly, how fun science can be.

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In this hands-on program, each girl received her own magnifying glass and learned how to classify igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks using her senses. The girls then applied their knowledge on a “rock hunt,” individually finding and identifying rock-kit rocks distributed around the room.

“I didn’t realize this stuff was fun,” said Savannah, age 10. “I didn’t know there were different kinds of rocks.”

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After the girls shared their findings and worked through the classification process together, the group discussed geology as a career field. Participating in Operation SMART® encourages girls to learn about the world around them, engaging girls in science and technology in ways that affect their lives–and possibly their plans for the future.

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