Girls, Math & Science Partnership & GSWPA host national Girl Scouts Leadership Institute

Jul 27, 2009 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

Girl Scouts from across the nation converge on Pittsburgh to participate in Click!, a spy school for girls.

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Pittsburgh, PA, July 25, 2009 – While most of Pittsburgh is gearing up for the G-20 Summit in September, preparations are underway on the North Shore and in Shadyside for a different kind of international event. Staff from the Girls, Math & Science Partnership and Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania are getting ready to host girls from across the country and world who will converge on the Pittsburgh region to participate in the Environmental Awareness: Leadership Institute from July 26 to August 1, 2009. The Leadership Institute features GMSP’s signature spy school, “Click!”, an innovative urban science adventure program designed specifically for middle school girls. The Click! summer spy camp combines compelling narrative and storytelling with science instruction and cutting-edge technology to give girls a truly unique experience. The Girl Scouts, most of which are going into 7th grade, will focus on solving an environmental mystery along Pittsburgh’s three rivers.

Forty-two girls from 14 American states and territories, and even one girl from the United Arab Emirates, will stay in dormitories on the Chatham University campus. During the day, they will participate in Click! activities held at The Ellis School in Shadyside and Carnegie Science Center on the North Shore. Additional Pittsburgh field trips include learning about energy consumption at Kennywood Park, testing organic beauty products, taking tours of green and eco-friendly buildings in the city of Pittsburgh, viewing exhibits about technology, and exploring innovative solutions to combat climate change.

“This partnership with the Girl Scouts and Chatham University has been ideal,” says Jennifer Stancil, executive director of the Girls, Math & Science Partnership. “A critical component of the Click! camps is collaborative problem-solving and teamwork. The diverse backgrounds that these girls will bring will be invaluable to their experience in Click! and beyond as they take back insights, ideas and environmental leadership from Pittsburgh.” The program has been a culmination of almost two years of planning with both the local and national offices of Girl Scouts. Stancil adds, “We’re extremely excited to offer this special session of Click! to girls from around the nation and world. We look forward to sharing this program as a national environmental leadership model with Girl Scouts of theUSA.

Environmental awareness and appreciation, a major theme in Click!, has long been a central tenet for the Girl Scouts. “Girl Scouting has been a leader in providing girls with experiences in environmental issues through partnerships with Earth Day, National Environmental Education Week, National Trails Day, Endangered Species Day, Linking Girls to the Land, and the National Public Lands Day,” states Pat Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. “This new venture with the Girls, Math, & Science Partnership allows girls who have already developed an appreciation and understanding of nature and the environment to gain a better understanding of environmental impacts and explore solutions using skills related to math, science and technology.”

Girl Scouts of the USA receives ongoing support from Lockheed Martin for the Lockheed Martin Science Career Exploration Fund, which encourages girls to develop and maintain interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Fund enables girls to explore STEM in a supportive, hands-on, and non-competitive environment, and is providing scholarships to 81 percent of Girl Scouts for their attendance in Click! The Click! program is generously supported by the Alcoa Foundation.

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