Monday, January 30, 2017

Girl Scout Discover the Art- and Science- of Glassblowing

Nearly 90 Girl Scouts discovered the art of glassblowing on Saturday, January 19 during a workshop hosted by the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio. The workshop kicked off with an introduction to the studio, where girls took in a brief history of glass and learned about career options in the field.

Then, the girls had the chance to have their own glassblowing experience, which involves taking a pipe, gathering molten glass from the furnace and forming it into a shape with tools and by blowing air into it. Each girl made her own ornament. After selecting a glass color, staff from the studio let girls blow air into the molten glass as they helped them shape the ornament. Before the end of the workshop, girls learned about how to properly cool glass in a kiln.

Through the partnership with the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast is able to offer opportunities, such as this recent workshop, for girls to have a hands-on experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with a creative twist. These experiences help girls develop critical thinking skills, which will last them well beyond their time in Girl Scouts. In today’s world, where women hold only approximately 25 percent of STEM careers, Girl Scouts is committed to providing experiences for girls to explore and discover in a wide variety of STEM fields.