Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tweens Learning About Science, Engineering and Conservation at Girl Scouts' Eco Expo

Today we drove a gaggle of Girl Scouts down to Fort Washington Park in Maryland for the launch of the "Girl Scouts Go Green" (a year-long national partnership with the EPA for girls to learn how they can positively affect the environment). At the Park, Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital had organized booth staffed by the USDA Forestry Service, NOAA, Boeing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and many others with activities designed to help tweens explore science and the environment.

A very popular station was run by the Living Classroom Foundation - here, girls constructed boats using newspaper, straws, tin foil and duct tape and tested to see how well each design could float. The trick was that the boats had to support several dozen pennies in the process. It proved far more difficult to do than it looked. A local Daisy Girl Scout named Alexandria held the day's record with 192 pennies.

Other activities included a recycling relay race, how to make a reusable grocery bag out of old t-shirts, and learning about bats in Lincoln Caverns. Several hundred girls showed up for the event despite the drizzle and overcast skies.

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