Girls RISEnet Mini-Grant: Robotics at the Columbia Memorial Space Center

The Girls RISE: Robotics in Space Exploration! program offered 66 local girl scouts and their troop leaders a chance to experience a day at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, CA while expanding their understanding of space science, space exploration, and the role robotics have played in space exploration.  

As part of the program the girls rotated through a four-part activity tour of the Columbia Memorial Space Center which included interactive, hands-on science exhibits, an engaging movie  entitled “Rocket Girls and Astronettes”, as well as an inquiry-based Lego Mindstorm robotics lab. Building on their experiences in the Mindstorm Robotics Lab, the girls also participated in a two-hour, intensive NXT robotics workshop in which the girls were trained on how to program, operate, and complete challenges in collaborative teams with their robots. During this student-centered workshop the girls were a part of a small robotics competition.  

Between the field-trip and the NXT robotics workshop the girls and troop leaders enjoyed a boxed lunch as they listened to, and interacted with, our guest speaker for the day.  Two different women guest speakers came from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  The guest speakers served as a role model and mentor for the participants, and introduced the participants to STEM career options.

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Privacy Policy | The Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) National Museum Network is funded by Grant No. HRD-0937245 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Human Resource Development, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Extension Services (GSE/EXT) Program. Project collaborators include the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and SECME, Inc. The project seeks to increase the capacity of science centers and museums to interest girls from underrepresented populations in the engineering sciences