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05-16-2011

Clarkson University Society of Women Engineers Hosts Girl Scout Science Badge Event

Clarkson University’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) section hosted 55 Junior Girl Scouts from northern New York for a night of science activities, during the spring semester. The event included pizza, dessert, science experiments, and swimming.

The night started with a pizza meal and the decoration of paper bags that the scouts later used to take items home from their activities.

After dinner, the girls rotated between six stations. At each station, they completed one of the requirements for their Science Discovery badge.

At the biomechanics station, the girls found their center of mass. Based on that information, they tried to predict who would have the better balance when they dueled with pugil sticks.

The girls also played with magic sand that didn’t get wet when put in water and made invisible ink, crazy putty, a kaleidoscope and bath salts.

Once they were finished at all of their stations, the scouts returned as a group to prepare their own serving of ice cream made using an individual  ‘ice cream maker,’  made of of two plastic bags.

The night concluded with swimming in the University pool.

The event was supported by the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women, the Clarkson School of Arts and Sciences and Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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