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Media Memo: Girl Scouts to explore science, technology July 14 at UW-Eau Claire

July 11, 2014

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette, University Communications director

DATE: July 11, 2014

SUBJECT: Girl Scouts to explore science, technology July 14 at UW-Eau Claire

Thirty Girl Scouts ranging in age from 12 to 17 will participate in hands-on learning sessions about various science and technology topics during the Youth Summit event on Monday, July 14, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Girls from Eau Claire, Menomonie, Eleva, Wausau, Green Bay and Appleton will attend the Youth Summit, which was organized by the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes with support from a grant from The American Association of University Women.

Carrie Andringa, reaching out/inclusion manager for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, said the Girl Scouts organization applied for the AAUW grant as a way to offer programming that will retain and even recruit new Girls Scouts in middle and high school.

During those years, girls' participation in scouting typically declines, "yet there are stellar programming opportunities and experiences for girls in that age group. We also know from survey results that girls' confidence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields is not as high as we would like to see it. By receiving the AAUW grant, we were able to build a great program in the Youth Summit to offer to girls to get them excited about higher education, STEM and leadership."

The Youth Summit begins July 13, when the Girl Scouts will participate in team-building and campus recreation activities. On July 14, the girls will participate in the following sessions focused on science and technology:

  • "Environmental Health Lab" with Dr. Crispin Pierce, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of environmental public health, 10:30-11:20 a.m., Human Sciences and Service Building, Room 218.
  • "Sustainability, What Is It?" with Dr. James Boulter, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of chemistry and director of the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, 10:30-11:20 a.m., Centennial Hall Room 1916.
  • "From Artist to Scientist" with Dr. Dale Taylor, professor emeritus of music and theatre arts at UW-Eau Claire,10:30-11:20 a.m., Centennial Hall Room 1804.
  • "Computer Science, Computer Games" with Brian Hogan, Web application developer, Chippewa Valley Technical College instructor and UW-Eau Claire alumnus, 12:30-1:20 p.m., Hibbard Hall Room 201.
  • "Cardiovascular Physiology" with Kelly Murray, UW-Eau Claire senior lecturer of biology, 1:30-2:20 p.m., Phillips Hall Room 309.

Members of the media are welcome to cover the Youth Summit. Carrie Andringa, reaching out/inclusion manager for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, is available beforehand and during the event to talk to reporters. Andringa can be reached at 715-864-5983.


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