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Media advisory: Area Girl Scouts to earn ‘Engineering Day’ patches at Vanderbilt workshop Oct. 3

by Oct. 1, 2015, 8:00 AM

Approximately 45 Middle Tennessee Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to earn their “Engineering Day” patches at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A group of Vanderbilt graduate and undergraduate students will lead the juniors and cadets (grades 4-8) through projects designed to introduce them to a wide variety of engineering disciplines.

The event is the brainchild of Vanderbilt School of Engineering graduate student Thushara Gunda, who was looking for a service project in her role as an officer in the Vanderbilt chapter of the American Nuclear Society. The Girl Scouts do not currently offer any national skill-based badges in STEM, so Gunda and her fellow students wanted to give the girls an opportunity to earn a participation patch instead.

Using common household objects, each girl will participate in three of the following seven workshops:

  • Biomedical engineering: Design and test prosthetic legs
  • Chemical engineering: Build and test rockets
  • Civil engineering: Build skyscrapers and test their stability
  • Electrical/computer engineering: Design programmable nightlights
  • Environmental engineering: Learn how oil spills affect the environment and test methods of protecting wildlife from oil spills
  • Mechanical engineering: Design and build roller coasters
  • Nuclear engineering: Learn about reactor design, test radiation and explore methods of reducing radiation exposure

Scouts will receive their patches in a ceremony at the end of the day.

Media are invited to attend.

  • Who: Vanderbilt engineering students and Middle Tennessee-area Girl Scouts
  • What: Girl Scout Engineering Day
  • When: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (wrap-up and patches awarded starting at 2:30)
  • Where: Featheringill Hall on Vanderbilt’s campus (map)
  • Why: The Girl Scouts do not currently offer any skill-based badges in STEM. Gunda and her fellow students developed the program to provide area Scouts the opportunity to earn a participation patch instead.

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