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Girl Scouts and IHS help teach girls about careers in STEM

Girl Scouts learn the roles geology and geophysics play in energy exploration


HOUSTON (October 25, 2012) - Girl Scouts from the San Jacinto Council, one of the largest Girl Scout Council's in the U.S.,  participated in the first-ever Geoscience Day held by IHS, the leading global source of information and analytics, in conjunction with the Houston Geological Society. 

"The girls had a great time, and we really enjoyed having them at our IHS Geoscience Day workshop," said Mary Lou Castleman, senior quality assurance engineer at IHS and who, along with Keith Patton, senior geologist at IHS, organized the event. "They were incredibly enthusiastic, eager to learn and very polite young ladies," Castleman added. "They embraced the curriculum and the hands-on activities, and our IHS colleagues had fun teaching such a bright group."

As part of the day, the girls circulated through four different workshops, which included hands-on experiments designed to teach the fundamentals of geology and geophysics, lithology types, wave theory and well logging. The workshop also addressed reservoir attributes such as porosity and permeability, and fluids and traps.

"We are so grateful for the support of IHS who has provided an opportunity for our Girl Scouts to get a first-hand look at geology and geophysics and how they play a part in energy exploration," said Emily Kremer, GSSJC's program manager responsible for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. "Girls want to help make a difference in the world and to get them there, we need the support of companies like IHS to help us teach girls the value of STEM and the skills they will need to fill the roles of the future."

The concepts the girls learned in the workshops were later applied during a team drilling exercise where teams were charged with recommending areas to drill on a 3-D reservoir model. The girls made drilling recommendations based on their team's budget and their analysis of various data resources, including seismic information, well logs, maps and other vital data. Girl Scouts also had the opportunity to search for a salt dome in a 3-D reservoir model using IHS Kingdom® geophysical interpretation software.

"We at IHS are truly excited to be able to contribute to the Girl Scouts' ToGetHerThere initiative with our first IHS Geoscience Day event," said Patton. "Like the Girl Scouts, we realized that getting girls interested in math and science needs to start early. There are tremendous opportunities for women in math and science careers, and we were glad to be able to introduce these budding young minds to the geosciences."

Girl Scouts launched the ToGetHerThere initiative during its 100th anniversary in 2012.  Since its inception, the premier leadership organizations for girls, has provided girls with opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) relevant to everyday life.  STEM experiences are framed within the context of leadership and engage girls through the three Girl Scouts processes of: girl-led, learning by doing and cooperative learning. Girls also learn skills on specific topics when they earn badges and many badges, like the Cook, Artist and Athlete Legacy badge, use STEM in fun ways.

For more information about GSSJC's STEM programs, contact Emily Kremer at

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Girl Scouts celebrates its centennial in 2012.


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