From the Jefferson County Journal staff reports
TRUSSVILLE – Over 200 Girl Scouts from across the state attended STEM Fest held by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama at Camp Coleman, in Trussville, on November 3.
STEM, which is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, has taken on an increased importance as we continue into the information age. The Girl Scouts of America are doing their part to introduce these vital concepts to the next generation of girls.
Girls experienced hands-on learning about STEM through interactive exhibits provided by organizations around the state.
- Cahaba River Society – hands-on and feet-in the creek to identify macroinvertebrates
- Alabama Snake Removers – education about snakes and what to do if you find one
- Society of Women Engineers – Snap Circuits and water filtration
- Meghan Thomas – ABC 33/40 Meteorologist
- Bucks Island Marina – water propulsion and how boats move through water
- Hemphill Services – How central air conditioners work
- Audubon Society of Birmingham – entering bird counts into national databases for research
- Southern Research – hands-on demonstrations about hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties and an exciting exothermic reaction
- Entertainment – Splash the Singing Science Lady and Lydia the STEM expert
STEM Fest brought together Girl Scouts from across north-central Alabama together for a fun and hands-on day to experience how STEM touches their daily lives, understand how STEM relates to the outdoors and be inspired by those in STEM careers such as a meteorologist, scientists, IT professionals and engineers.