Wednesday, April 13, 2016

STEMagination Expo

The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast program center, A Place for Girls, was abuzz with excitement on Sunday, April 10 as more than 70 Girl Scouts gathered for the STEMagination Expo. The expo was an opportunity for girls to participate in hands-on science activities led by community partners, including Booz Allen Hamilton Strategy and Technology Consulting, Norfolk Technical School, Tidewater Beekeepers Association, Society of Women Engineers, Sylvan Learning Center and Architect Renee Russell.

During the event, Girl Scouts rotated through stations, where they took part in a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities. From constructing edible DNA models and programming robots to trying on a beekeepers outfit and learning about electronics through snap circuits, girls got to experience a wide variety of activities in the fields. Members of the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast Girl Advisory Board also led activity stations at the expo, including one about water filtration and another about the physics behind amusement park rides.

In today’s world, where women hold only approximately 25 percent of STEM careers, Girl Scouts is working with community partners, such as those at the expo, to expose girls to the wide variety of career options in STEM. At the expo, girls got to meet with inspiring women, including an aerospace engineer and an architect.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast will be hosting additional STEM events this spring, including Coastal STEAM in the Outer Banks on May 5 at the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese. All girls are welcome to attend, whether or not they are currently registered members of Girl Scouts. For more information and to register, visit

View more photos from the day here.