STEM Day to introduce girls to ‘cool’ science careers
Hoping to introduce girls to how “cool” science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers can be, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, in partnership with the St. George Observatory, will be holding STEM Day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at Terrebonne Parish Donner Community Center in Donner.
Girls from kindergarten through 12th grade will get to build and launch their own rockets, measure and compare water density as they learn the fate of oil, water and sea life during the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, program a robot to follow their instructions, explore the day sky and star gaze at night using telescopes, plus many other exciting scientific demonstrations and hands-on presentations.
Special guest speaker is Dr. Kerstin Honer zu Bentrup of the Tulane Health Sciences Center, and other participating organizations include Livingston Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, SciPort, Society of Women Engineers, Red Stick Robotics, Society of Petroleum Engineers from Nicholls State University, LSU Ag Center, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Tickets are $10 per child, and $5 per adult, with children 4 and younger and seniors 65 and older admitted free.
Purchase tickets online through Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s online shop at http://shop.gsle.org or either council shop at 841 S. Clearview Parkway in New Orleans, or 545 Colonial Drive, Baton Rouge.
Three Scouts earn Eagle
Three Boy Scouts from Troop 505, sponsored by St. John’s United Methodist Church under the direction of Troop Leader Ted Newsom, recently received the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America that a young man can earn. Their court of honor date was Sept. 9.
Only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle rank.
To earn it, a Scout must progress through six ranks, serve in a leadership position within his troop, provide service to the community and earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, of which 12 — in such areas as finance, family, citizenship and personal fitness — are required.
A Scout must also plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community.
Aaron J. Bennett
School: LSU, freshman after graduating from University High School
Eagle Project: Built seating for the athletics facility at Louisiana School for the Deaf/Visually Impaired
Awards and activities: National Merit Scholar, UHS swimming (captain), Academic All State Team
Parents: Bill and Debbie Bennett
Christian M. Johnson
School: LSU, freshman after graduating form Episcopal High School
Eagle Project: Built for the McMain’s Children’s Developmental Center six portable, adjustable support stands for traditionally tabletop board games to allow wheelchair bound and physically handicapped children and/or adults to be able to play the games and thereby more fully interact with others.
Awards and activities: Troop 505 Domino Award, Double H High Adventure Base, Philmont Scout Ranch
Parents: Jeff and Meg Johnson
School: Baton Rouge Magnet High School, LSU
Grade: Freshman at LSU
Eagle Project: Constructioin of handbell choir risers for St. John’s United Methodist Church
Awards and activities: Graduated cum laude from Baton Rouge Magnet High School. Scout activities: The Mexico Expedition, Double H High Adventure Base, and Philmont Scout Ranch
Parents: David and Laura Gleason
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