Event to spur science interest in girls

People of all ages and genders are invited to an event Saturday afternoon that is designed to spark an interest in science and technology in young girls.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East is holding S.T.E.M Day at the Terrebonne Parish Community Center in Donner from 3 to 8 p.m., and participants of all school ages will be able to build and launch their own rocket, program a robot to follow instructions, use large telescopes, compare water densities, and conduct other various scientific experiments.

“An event like this gives girls an opportunity to see first-hand what kinds of careers are available through science and technology,” said Kevin Shipp, program event coordinator for GSLE.

The event will also have a guest speaker, Dr. Kerstin Honer zu Bentrup of the Tulane Health Sciences Center, whom Shipp said “was involved in putting payloads on the space shuttle and doing biological experiments with plants in space.”

Proceeds from the event go only toward the cost of the event, including the equipment, the rockets and the guest speaker, Shipp said.

Tickets are $10 per child, $5 per adult, and free for children under 4 and seniors 65 and older. Tickets can be purchased by visiting shop.gsle.org and clicking on the “Programs” button, and can also be purchased on site.

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