Young Engineers Of Today with the support of the Society of Information Managers (SIM) is offering a special spring program to encourage young women in middle school to explore the worlds of programming and engineering. These young women will use everything from 3D Printers to Raspberry Pi computers, to program games, build their very own UV manicure lamps, create beautiful electronic trees, and make wearable computers.
The cost of this program is normally $492. SIM support means you can enroll your daughter for $50 ($442 savings). This includes all the materials needed for class. Scholarships are available for families who cannot afford the $50. Learn more.
Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea Kolarova of Hendersonville traveled to Costa Rica this summer as part of a Girl Scout destinations experience. Her two-week journey took her from the Costa Rican mountains of San Jose to the coast at Quepos. She traveled with nine other girls and two instructors, experiencing new things every day.
“Each day offered something different: we tried new food, met many people and explored the beautiful country by backpacking, white water rafting, zip lining and swimming,” said Andrea. “One of my favorite experiences was waterfall rappelling. We walked to a nearby waterfall where we were harnessed in and rappelled down. It was so much fun!”
Along with her different adventures, Andrea also got to experience the culture and family life of Costa Rica firsthand by staying with different host families as she traveled the countryside. “At one home stay, we got to process sugar cane by hand to produce the sugar juice that we used to make candy and brown sugar,” she said.
Another experience that stands out to her was the day they arrived at the beach after eight days of hiking through the mountains. “It was so satisfying to finally reach the end! We were allowed to spend the day swimming and boogie boarding in the wonderfully warm water. We also got to try coconut flavored sno-cones with milk- so delicious!”
Andrea chose to do a Girl Scout destinations trip because she wanted the opportunity to practice speaking Spanish in a new culture, with new adventures.
“These trips are a great way to explore new sights, meet like-minded people and try new activities. I’ve made lasting friendships, grown mentally and physically and gained a sense of independence and confidence in myself,” she said. “If you want to open yourself to a new world, as well as challenge yourself, these trips are for you!”
Andrea, daughter of Roman and Holly Kolarova, is a junior at Hendersonville High School, where she is an honor student, as well as involved with track, cross country, ski club, orchestra, FRESH and mock trial. Having already earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award, she is currently working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
For more photos from Andrea’s trip, please click here.
Part of the Virtual Pathway is an exciting new program called Taken Charge™.
Taken Charge™ is a browser based video game that teaches the National Education Technology Standards. Taken Charge™ teaches students the fundamentals that span all technology topics by equipping students, increasing confidence and preparing students for advanced topics such as coding and robotics. Taken Charge™ provides the building blocks of a quality technology education to students of any age but is ideal for grades fifth to twelfth.
During 14-18 Hours of learning; 49 Unique levels, and earning 36 digital badges, our girls will be able to learn about: PC Parts, Operating System and File Skills, Internet Skills, Networking Skills, Social Network Safety, Cyberbullying and Problem Solving.
Please fill out this Taken Charge Interest form for account information.
This will be on a first come first serve basis for serving 2,000 girls with at least a 4th grade reading level. Questions? Contact Valerie Wooten.
Are you ready for an opportunity of a lifetime? Daisies and Brownies: There’s always something new to learn! Your very own Jr. FLL team will allow you to take a closer look at where and how learning happens every day. Get ready to dive into the Jr. FLL Think Tank!
Juniors and Cadettes: Do you know what the future of learning is? FIRST LEGO League teams will find the answers! Redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn. Get ready for a whole new class – FLL World Class!
If you are interested in being involved, please e-mail our STEM Program Manager Valerie Wooten.