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Girl Scouts Learn About Medical Technology in Fighting Breast Cancer, and Science in Aerospace at San Jacinto Council’s 12th Annual Engineering, Science and Technology Day

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Houston, February 22, 2002) Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host its Twelfth Anniversary Engineering, Science and Technology Day on Saturday, February 22, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., held at the following locations for different Girl Scout levels: *Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, 1201 Lake Robbins Drive-Woodlands; Bechtel Engineering, 3000 Post Oak Blvd; Duke Energy, 5400 Westheimer; *GE Betz, 9669 Grogans Mill Road; Landmark Graphics, 2101 City West Blvd, Bldg. 1 Ste. 200; Marathon Oil Company, 5555 San Felipe; McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, 1515 Hermann; Ocean Star Offshore Energy Center, 200 N. Dairy Ashford; Rice University, 6100 Main; and United Space Alliance, 1150 Gemini Ave. Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors will participate in activities that will teach them about careers engineering, magnetism, earth science, electricity, weather, chemistry and math. This year’s program participants will also learn about tracking natural disasters, aerospace usage planning and cryogenics. For a snapshot look at the activities by site location and company, please descriptions below (*denotes program has already taken place).

*Anadarko Petroleum Corporation: Geologist and engineers led discussions that explore the energy industry, Girl Scouts toured the company’s 3-D visualization lab; Bechtel Engineering: Girl Scouts shadow engineers for a day, conduct information interviews; Duke Energy: Girl Scouts tour facility, meet professional staff, and learn how fossils are formed, as well as the meaning of nonpoint source pollution; *GE Betz: Girl Scouts received an overview of chemistry and engineering; Landmark Graphics: Girl Scouts to participate in special session led by company professionals; Marathon Oil Company: Girl Scouts to meet professional staff, McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science: Girl Scouts to learn about prevention/detection of breast cancer, develop nutrition plan and explore health care careers; Ocean Star Offshore Energy Center: Girl Scouts to explore offshore drilling rig and museum, featuring activities aboard an actual jack-up rig; Rice University: Girl Scouts participate in Chemistry/Physics demonstrations, learn about growing crystals/earthquake tracking and attend a paper airplane-building workshop; United Space Alliance: Girl Scouts to explore Science in Aerospace, and meet an astronaut. Girls will also learn how space research applies to everyday life and applications.

Throughout its 11-year history, Engineering, Science and Technology has served over 20,000 girls with innovative programming and intense career exploration activities. "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," says GSSJC’s Director of Programs Cindy Walter. 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.

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.

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council serves over 55,000 girls and nearly 14,000 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.

GSSJS 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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