Girl Scouts Women of Science & Technology Day to be Held in Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 29, 2014 – The most well-attended event on Girl Scouts of Alaska’s calendar, Women of Science & Technology Day (WSTD) allows girls in grades K-8 to experience science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects through fun, hands-on workshops led by women working in STEM careers. This year’s WSTD will be held 9:45 a.m.–noon (grades K-3) and 12:45–3:45 p.m. (grades 4-8) Saturday, Feb. 1 at UAA.
More than 1,500 girls and 600 adults participated in WSTD in Anchorage in 2012 and 2013. Girls chose from more than 60 different workshops such as “The Magic of DNA,” “Aero Femme: Girls Can Fly!,” and “From Rocks to Wells: Petroleum Engineering 101”; attended a luncheon where they spoke in small groups and one-on-one with the women presenters; and received a special WSTD patch at the end of the day.
This is the 22nd year Girl Scouts of Alaska will hold WSTD. This signature event engages girls in STEM education in fun and relevant ways and encourages them to explore future careers in the fields of biology, ecology, veterinary medicine, geology and engineering, among others. WSTD is a unique program within Girl Scouts that exists only in Alaska.
Girl Scouts’ approach to STEM education is unique and effective. The processes used in WSTD provide quality STEM experiences for girls:
- Girl-led: Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek challenges. The girl-led process encourages girls to decide which topics they want to explore and how they want to go about it.
- Learning by doing: Research shows that, particularly with STEM, youth need to be hands-on, active learners. The learning-by-doing process encourages this approach. In addition, Girl Scouts' learning-by-doing process involves a reflection step that asks girls to think about how a given activity worked and what they would do differently in the future—a key skill in scientific testing and conducting experiments.
- Cooperative learning: In general, girls prefer a collaborative leadership style rather than the traditional, top-down, "command and control" approach. The cooperative learning process gives girls the opportunity to develop leadership and STEM skills in a way that might feel most comfortable.
WSTD is possible because of our many strong partners. Generous support from BP Alaska, along with program space donated by the University of Alaska, makes WSTD accessible to girls of all backgrounds.
We invite the media to cover this one-of-a-kind, fun and educational event!
About Girl Scouts of Alaska:
GSAK is the proven leadership development program for girls in grades K-12. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. With the help of more than 1,500 adult volunteers, GSAK serves nearly 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan. For information, visit girlscoutsalaska.org.