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You are invited to the Great Adventure Lab’s Girls Get Science evening event from 6:00-8:00 pm on Saturday, November 2, at Flora Singer Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Note: you are encouraged to arrive no later than 5:45 pm to check in.
Ask us about discounts for groups of ten or more.
This event features a choice of hands-on science workshops for girls grades 2-6. Workshop choices will include Lego Robotics, Mindstorms Robotics, Video Game Programming and Young Engineers.
All workshops will be led by our enthusiastic and talented instructors.
While girls in grades 2-6 are participating in hands-on activities, our panel of women scientists and engineers will speak with parents about the experience of being a girl or young woman pursuing a career in science or engineering.
After the panel, the girls will rejoin their parents and have a chance to meet with our panelists in break-out rooms to learn more about what these women do for a living!
Our amazing guest speakers for the evening are:
Dr. Mamta Patel Nagarja, on NASA's LADEE team.
Dr. Nagaraja is currently a science team member on NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, (LADEE) program. She also writes for the Women@NASA blog. Previously, Dr. Nagaraja worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, training astronauts who flew aboard both the U.S. Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Dr. Nagaraja also worked in NASA’s Mission Control Center as a certified flight controller for the communications system of the International Space Station.
"My proudest accomplishments are outside of work, even though I have a really cool job. Training astronauts and working in Mission Control are exciting, but, what I truly enjoy is my philanthropic side. For work, I created out outreach mentoring program that has been incredibly popular with the general public. The premise of the program is to pair women mentors at NASA with young, middle-school aged girls using Skype or Google Chat. The program is called NASA G.I.R.L.S. (NASA Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science)."
Dr. Nagaraja is also a role model with the National Science Foundation FabFems role model program, a young professional of the World Affairs Council, and a member of Women in Aerospace.
Dr. Nagaraja holds a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University, a masters in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Dr. Keren Witkin, program director National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Witkin has worked for the NIH in a variety of capacities including the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health and the Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE). At OITE she designed and implemented training programs for summer interns. She has also helped to establish research programs for community college and high school students at the NIH.
Dr. Witkin is currently a program director in the National Cancer Institute. She began her training in biological sciences as an undergraduate at Wellesley College, and then received her doctorate in molecular and cell biology from the University of California Berkeley. She then taught cell biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston before coming to the NIH. Her professional interests include science education, science communication, and science policy.
Ms. McMahon is a veteran teacher and is currently teaching 8th grade science at Silver Spring International Middle School. She is also working with NASA as a Master Teacher to develop curriculum for the classroom about the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. Using satellites positioned around the earth, the GPM mission aims to advance our understanding of Earth's water and energy cycles and improve the forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters. You can check out her lesson plans at: http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/lesson-plans/survivor-earth
She previously worked as an environmental educator at a children’s museum leading students on field trips to local woods, wetlands, and the Chesapeake Bay before becoming a classroom teacher.
Ms. McMahon earned a BS in Biology from Earlham College and her MAT from John Hopkins.
Why are we holding a girls-only science event?
Studies have shown that as early as second grade, many girls are deciding that math is not for them, which certainly doesn’t bode well for their views on engineering and the sciences! We hope that by reaching out to girls and their parents through events like these , we can help convince girls in our community that science is for everyone.
Registration for this event is $30 per parent/daughter pair and $15.00 for each additional participant.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Montgomery Housing Partnership to help fund their after school and summer science programs. MHP is a non-profit organization that develops and manages several low-income housing developments throughout the county.
To keep ticket prices down and help raise money for MHP, our Girls Get Science events include a silent auction of science-themed items.
Please choose two classes when you register. We are offering classes based on grade level: LEGO Robotics (grades 2-3), Mindstorms (grades 4-6), and Video Game Programming (Grades 4-6), Mythbusters and Young Engineers are open to all grades, but will be divided up by grade.
The Great Adventure Lab offers after school enrichment classes and summer camps in LEGO robotics, engineering, computer animation, electronics, crime science … and more! We've taught more than 4,000 kids to write their first programs since we first started serving the DC area in fall of 2010. We currently offer classes in Montgomery, Prince George's and Howard Counties in Maryland; the District; and Fairfax County in VA. If we're not already at your school, invite us!
We support our communities by donating money back to our PTA partners offering at-cost classes to residents of low-income housing projects managed by Montgomery Housing Partnership. We were founded in fall 2010 by a Silver Spring mother of two young children. We have the smartest, most fun instructors in metro DC, and possibly the world!
Our management team is made up of four parents of elementary-age children plus a stay-at-home dad of a new baby boy! We are genuinely passionate about inspiring the next generation to explore science and engineering before someone else convinces them these fields are 'boring.' We believe in FUN first, learning through hands-on activities for every kid, every time, SMALL class sizes, enthusiastic instructors, informative notes home after EACH class; and excellent customer service, whether you are a kid, a parent, or an after-school activity coordinator. We put people before profits. We welcome all feedback, because it makes us better at what we do.
For more information about our classes, camps or birthday parties, or to see bios of our instructors, please visit our website at www.thegreatadventurelab.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube under the name The Great Adventure Lab or @awrobots.
We look forward to seeing you at Girls Get Science!!
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November 02, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Flora Singer Elementary School
2600 Hayden Drive
Silver Spring, MD