Seeking Girl Scout Junior, Senior or Ambassador Troops!
With generous support from the Noyce Foundation, GSUSA has awarded Girl Scouts of North East Ohio grant funding to implement a pilot project: Engineer Your Journey.
Engineer Your Journey is a program collaboration between Techbridge and GSUSA aimed at engaging girls in STEM activities and inspiring their passion in technology, science and engineering. Engineer Your Journey combines Girls Go Techbridge activity kits with Girl Scout Journeys for a full leadership and engineering experience.
We are currently seeking interested Girl Scout Junior, Senior or Ambassador troops to complete the Engineer Your Journey activities. Please note: Troop leaders DO NOT need to be a STEM expert or have engineering experience to make this program successful!
Participants will have the benefit of Troop Leader training direct from Techbridge, support from GSNEO and GSUSA, and connection to othe volunteers across the country engaged in the same program. All program materials and supplies will be provided, along with funding for a STEM field trip for the troop, and an invitation to attend a STEM Women's Career Day event hosted by GSNEO in spring 2015. Troop Leader training will be held at the Macedonia Service Center on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and troops will be required to complete the program sessions between February and May 2015.
To be considered for participation, complete the Engineer Your Journey Grant Funded Program Application 2015 and submit to GSNEO by Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Troops will be selected and notified of participation by Friday, January 16, 2015.
Grant Funded Program Application 2015
Questions? Email email@example.com
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Macedonia Service Center (One Girl Scout Way, Macedonia, 44056)
12:00 Lunch / Meet and Greet
12:30 General Grant Information and Requirements
2:30 Breakout sessions for specific program activities
Juniors = Engineers to the Rescue
Seniors = Power It Up
Ambassadors = Design Time
4:00 Distribute activity supplies
4:30 Done for the day!
Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Troops interested in participating in the Gravity Racing Challenge (GRC) program should complete the application (coming soon!) and submit to GSNEO byDecember 15, 2014, to Emily Fein, Director of Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, One Girl Scout Way, Macedonia, OH 44056. For questions, contact Emily at 330-983-0433 or 800-852-4474, ext. 0433. For more information about the Gravity Racing Challenge, please visit www.aasbd.org and click on education.
GRC STEM Team Application Highlights:
The GRC STEM Team Competition was developed by the International Soap Box Derby to provide youth with fun, engaging, project based educational opportunities which use Soap Box Derby ® cars and gravity racing to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The first GRC Team Race was held at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio in May, 2010 with two teams and 12 youth/coaches.
On May 17, 2014, over 1000 youth and coaches and 120 teams from across Ohio and New York competed in this event. Today Soap Box Derby ® cars are being used by educators, students, and youth organizations in 14 states and in Singapore, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, and Germany to teach STEM.
What opportunities and experiences will Girl Scouts have as a result of participating in the GRC?
Ever dreamed of racing in a Soap Box Derby ® car down a Derby Track at 35 mph? Have you ever wanted to learn how to use tools and actually construct a Soap Box Derby ® car? Or showcase your team’s skills in any of the other GRC STEM Competitions (photography, poster, press release, infomercial, or Mini Soap Box Car Race? This team project will provide Girl Scouts with these as well as other fantastic learning experiences which will develop key academic, life, and career skills necessary for the 21st Century.
If selected, this program will cover the cost of up to six Soap Box Derby® kits (~$800 each). It is important to understand that participation in this program demands a commitment from volunteers and girls to meet the requirements and expectations outlined by our partners. This includes the following:
Informational webinars with representatives from International Soap Box Derby and GSNEO will be held on the following days. Contact Emily Fein at email@example.com to register.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at noon and 6:30 pm
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Girl Scout Astronomy Club
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered how many stars there are?
Have you wondered what the names of those stars are and wanted to learn more?Have fun exploring the night sky. Planets, stars, galaxies…they’re all waiting to be discovered by you. You’ll even get to use a high-tech telescope to see all of the stars up close!Join the GSNEO Astronomy Club and learn all this and more -- You’ll be with others just as interested in Astronomy as you!
Club meetings are held the 4th Monday of every month at the First United Methodist Church in Elyria. Contact Club Mentors for more information and to sign up.
Suzie Dills, firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Moen, email@example.com
Developed by Suzie Dills, (GSNEO volunteer, former staff member, and avid astronomer) these guides are helpful for viewing the night sky in Northeast Ohio. For details starrytrails.com
Now that we have changed back our clocks to Eastern Standard Time, we can go outside and enjoy an evening of stargazing right after dinner! The evenings are getting colder, so we will need to put on our winter coats, gloves, hats and maybe boots. If you are lucky enough to have a good south, southwestern view, you will be able to see the red planet Mars after sunset. Check out our Starry Trails newsletter and Sky Map for November 2014!