|Wild Side of Science - STEM Education for Girl Scouts|
|Heather S Zimbler-DeLorenzo. Alfred University, Alfred, NY, United States
More than 130 Girl Scouts, in grades kindergarten through 12, took part in an educational program and earning science-related badges. The “Wild Side of Science” program, held Saturday, April 6, was sponsored by Alfred University’s chapter of Sigma Xi. Daisies learned about plants and the environment with the Bio Club, on their way to earning the new Eco Learner badge. The Chem Club helped Brownies earn the Home Scientist badge by performing experiments with density and electricity and making ice cream and slime. Juniors explored air power while earning the new Balloon Car Design Challenge badge with assistance from engineering students. Cadettes completed the Animal Helpers badge with the PreVet Club and Guiding Eyes, while Seniors created inventive and challenging games to earn the Game Visionary badge with the BioClub. Sigma Xi was able to offer the program free of charge, thanks to an Outreach Grant from the Animal Behavior Society. AmandaJo Young, a senior biology major at Alfred University, received an APEX (Applied and Experiential learning program) award to oversee the implementation of the program.