‘Girls Today … Design Divas Tomorrow’

By on March 7, 2012

KANE COUNTY—Did you know girls are completely aware gender barriers still persist in today’s society? According to a recent study by the Girl Scout Research Institute, 57 percent of girl respondents agree that if they were to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or math, they would “have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously.”

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) wants to change statistics like this with “Girls Today … Design Divas Tomorrow” program, where girls discover their inner designer while creating innovative structures. Highlights include dissecting toys, developing prototypes, designing a bubble product, building a catapult and competing to see who can fling a marshmallow the farthest. Participants will also learn electrical secrets by exploring Snap Circuits™ while creating their own electronic board game and light-up bracelet. This program is funded in part by Fox Valley United Way.

The program is March 26–30, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at GSNI’s Camp Dean in Big Rock. There will be a bus pick-up/drop-off available at Thompson Middle School, 440 Boulder Hill Pass in Oswego.

The program is open to all girls in grades six through eight. There is a $25 fee, with financial assistance available. Fee includes lunches/snacks for each day, as well as all program supplies. There is an additional one-time $12 fee for non-Girl Scouts. This fee registers participants as Girl Scouts, allowing them to participate in this program, as well as many others. Registration deadline for this program is Thursday, March 1. To register, call Pam Schnecke at (847) 741-5521, ext. 7140.