On November 16, 2019 Christopher Newport University hosted a STEM Day for local Girl Scouts. This event took place in several classrooms in Luter Hall. The girls attending were third and fourth grade Girl Scouts. The girls were split up into teams of about ten and led through various activities by CNU student volunteers. These activities included an algorithm making lego activity, a conductivity circuit activity, a balloon activity that demonstrated the thrust of rockets, and an army man launcher building activity. These hands-on activities were a fun way to teach young girls how fun learning about science and technology can be.
The Society for Women Engineers (SWE) played a big part in the success of this event. Members volunteered to give back to the local community and spark interest in STEM for young women. Hannah Allen, member of the SWE executive board, was the overall organizer of the event. In addition, throughout the day she made sure everything was running smoothly, checking in on each group and station to make sure people were in the right places and had what they needed.
Hannah said one of her favorite moments was lunch because they had a pizza and Bill Nye viewing party, and it was a peaceful part of a fast paced day. She also spoke highly of the volunteers, praising their skills in interacting with the kids. Hannah remarked that third and fourth graders are often smarter than we give them credit for, so maybe in the future the event will include more challenging activities.
Hannah spoke warmly of this event and definitely recommends that more students should get involved. The event will be held at the same time again this year, and Hannah intends to plan it again so it is in good hands. If you’re interested in volunteering or otherwise getting involved in future events, keep an eye on your CNU email inbox or reach out to Hannah Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org closer to November.
Thank you to Hannah and all the volunteers who helped put on such an amazing event.