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Engineering, Science and Technology Day Provides Local Girl Scouts Avenues For Exploring
Careers in Engineering, Geosciences, Aeronautics, Computer Programming, and Robotics
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Partners with Bechtel Corp., Diamond Geophysical, Landmark Graphics,
Marathon Oil Company, Rice University, and United Space Alliance and National Engineers Week©

 

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Houston, February 19, 2001) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host its Tenth Anniversary Engineering, Science and Technology Day on Saturday, February 24, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., held at the following locations for different Girl Scout levels: Bechtel Corp., 3000 Post Oak Blvd; Diamond Geophysical, 2925 Briarpark Dr. #400; Landmark Graphics, 15150 Memorial Dr.; Marathon Oil Company, 5555 San Felipe; Rice University, 6100 Main; and United Space Alliance, 1045 Gemini. Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors will participate in activities that will teach them about engineering, magnetism, earth science, electricity, weather, chemistry and math. This year’s program participants will also learn about computers, aerospace usage planning and cryogenics. For example, Rice University has planned a session entitled "Hot Science in a Really Cool Place: Working in Antarctica", during which actual geologists will share their experiences while working in Antarctica. Marathon Oil Company is hosting Brownie Girl Scouts for the seventh year, emphasizing a variety of science careers for women.

"More than 5000 Girl Scouts have benefited since Engineering, Science and Technology Day started when our Council joined forces with Bechtel Corp. to provide girls a chance to meet real engineers, and to discover that they could pursue careers in the sciences and mathematical disciplines," says GSSJC Director of Programs Cindy Walter. "Every year, we are forced to turn away more than 4,000 Girl Scouts because we do not have enough corporate sites for the day-long activities and lectures," she adds. Executives from medical fields, universities and oil companies, computer firms, and other science-related companies are invited to attend one of this year’s Girl Scout sessions; for reservations, interested parties can call GSSJC Program Manager Melinda Gaskill at 713-292-0232. "We are always open to partnerships that expand the possibilities of our girls," says Walter. San Jacinto has added three new host sites in the last two years to accommodate a growing interest in the program. GSSJC’s program is part of a national initiative spearheaded by Girl Scouts of the USA, and National Engineers Week ©. Many of the 318 Girl Scout Councils nationwide offer local Girl Scouts the chance to meet professionals working in science and mathematically inclined careers.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serves 50,000 girls and 13,000 adults in 21 east and southeast Texas counties. For information about joining Girl Scouts, call 1-800-392-4340 and ask for Membership. Visit us online at www.gssjc.org.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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