FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2011
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona-Sahuaro
Contact: Debbie Rich, 520-319-3169; Michelle Higgins, 520-319-3155
Tucson- As the space shuttle Atlantis makes its final landing, sixty girls will gather to explore NASA opportunities inTucson,Arizona. These sixty girls, entering the third through sixth grades, will be at the Girl Scout’s NASA Camp where girls will spend a week at the Hacienda learning about the surface of the moon, what astronauts eat, space travel, and robots in space!
This year’s camp includes three action-packed days of space fun and caps off with an overnight on Thursday. At camp the girls will have the opportunity to explore space sciences through NASA’s 21st Century Explorers curriculum facilitated by experts in the field. Camp volunteers and facilitators, who all completed NASA-sponsored training, include University of Arizona astronomy graduate student Johanna Teske, 4th grade Mission Manor teacher Mabel Rivera, Mina Stafford, the Education Manager at Pima Air and Space Museum, Astrid Balderama from Pascua Yaqui’s Intel Clubhouse representative, and traditional camp counselors.
Michelle Higgins, the Girl Scout’s STEM Manager, is excited to give girls an opportunity to explore the sky in an alternative manner, “the activities integrate scientific concepts but also invoke a true curiosity of how and why things work and what can be done to make things better. These problem-solving skills are not just science or astronomy-specific, but life skills that will help girls be the best versions of themselves today and tomorrow.” Higgins also knows it is critical to connect girls to adults who are passionate about science if we want to increase the number of girls who move into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
The Girl Scouts are ready for blast off. Are you?
Who: Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona-Sahuaro
What: NASA Camp 21st Century Explorers
When: July 25th- 29th 9:00 am- 4:00pm
Where: Girl Scouts Hacienda,3101 N. Sabino Canyon Road,Tucson,Arizona85715
About Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona- Sahuaro
Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization dedicated to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts in Southern Arizonaserves 14,000 girls annually. Our goals are to provide a wide range of contemporary programs that reflect the unique needs and interests of all girls living in Southern Arizona, to empower girls to reach their full potential, and to give girls a voice in their community and in their own lives. For more information about Girl Scouting in Southern Arizona please visit: http://www.girlscoutssoaz.org/