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Girl Scouts enjoy engineering at OSU

Girl Scouts enjoy engineering at OSU

Ohio State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering teamed up with Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland to offer girls an opportunity to explore energy on campus.

20 Girl Scouts learned about materials science, renewable energy, and even explored geopolitics through electricity access.

They learned from real women in engineering who served as role models, constructed solar-powered cars, and toured engineering equipment.

The program, led by Vicky Doan-Nguyen, an assistant professor, was a smashing success with the girls.

"We are not trying to just promote science in the youth; they need a network that supports them, that says, ‘Yes, women in STEM are exactly what we need," Doan-Nguyen said. "And we need to do what we can to support our girls, and teenagers, and women to pursue these fields.’ It takes a village.”

As the program came to an end, the Girl Scouts were asked questions to see what they'd learned.

One question, what does a scientist in a lab look like, garnered very similar answers.

"A scientist looks like anybody."

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