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Girl Scouts of Orange County and Cal State Fullerton Partner to Promote STEM


Girl Scout Junior Participates in STEMup4Youth tower building

Irvine, CA -- Girl Scouts of Orange County (GSOC) and Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) are partnering to present the third annual STEM Expo on Oct. 28. The event will feature hands-on activities, including robotics demonstrations, 3D printing, virtual reality, circuit building, and more.

CSUF student organizations, CSUF College of Engineering and Computer Science and leading Orange County STEM companies are presenting the event. STEM includes the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

New this year, Girls Scouts will also have the opportunity to speak with female STEM professionals in the Career Corner. In addition, Girl Scouts will be able to work on Girl Scouts of Orange County’s My STEM Life badge for Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) and STEMsational ME! badge for Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) and other national Girl Scout STEM badges.

“Girl Scouts of Orange County is thrilled to partner with Cal State Fullerton and present the 2018 STEM Expo. Through hands-on STEM experiences, Girl Scouts learn key skills like communication, collaboration, and innovation. Combining Girl Scouts’ premier girl-led leadership development program with enriching STEM activities, Girl Scouts are introduced to cutting-edge careers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields.” says Vikki Shepp, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County.

"The STEM Expo promotes the understanding of the STEM workforce pipeline among young female students, engages the community in encouraging and motivating the younger generation to pursue STEM disciplines, and provides extraordinary mentoring and community collaboration opportunities for Titan students," says Susamma “Susan” Barua, dean of Cal State Fullerton's College of Engineering and Computer Science.

The event is produced in partnership with volunteers from the Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Patrol, Cal State Fullerton engineering and computer science students, under the leadership of the Association for Computing Machinery-Women in Computing student chapter, and CSUF computer science faculty members. 

Special thanks to event sponsor and exhibitor Kofax (headquartered in Irvine), who will provide an interactive robotics experience for girls with the Dash robot. Kofax is a leading supplier of Intelligent Automation software to automate and digitally transform end-to-end business processes.

 

When:

1-4 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018

2– 3:30 p.m. - Best opportunities for photographs and media. Though the event is not open to the public, media is invited to attend. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Fairchild at efairchild@girlscoutsoc.org, 714-402-5142.

Where:

Titan Student Union Portola Pavilion

Cal State Fullerton

800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831

Why:

By 2016, there were roughly 3 million more STEM jobs than the number of trained and available professionals who could potentially fill them. (New American Economy, Research Fund) The Girl Scouts of Orange County and Cal State Fullerton STEM Expo will introduce girls to various STEM fields and inspire them to pursue STEM education and careers.

Who:

CSUF students and faculty members — from biological science, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics — will mentor 400 Girl Scouts in fourth through 8th grades. Over 20 CSUF student organizations will participate in presenting STEM activities. In addition, industry partners such as Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Discovery Cube Orange County, Space X, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Raytheon will share exciting activities and demonstrations with participating Girl Scouts.

Schedule Highlights:

 

1-4 p.m. – STEM Expo for Girl Scouts, featuring topics and activities such as cybersecurity, coding toy robots, rockets, virtual reality, and 3D printing in Titan Student Union’s Portola Pavilion. Cal State Fullerton STEM student organizations and STEM departments, the Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Patrol, and local industry partners will present the activities. The Titan Rover will also be on display.

Career Corner: Women working in STEM fields will be available to talk with girls and answer questions, in cooperation with participating exhibitors. Two-to-three women STEM professionals will rotate in and out of the Career Corner every 30 minutes.

STEM Learning: Girl Scouts have the opportunity to participate in activities toward earning their "My STEM Life" badge, developed for Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) to encourage girls to explore the exciting world of STEM in Orange County and see how it fits into their everyday life and future. Younger Girl Scouts can work on their "STEMsational ME!" badge, created for Juniors (grades 4-5) to help them understand how they use STEM every day to be themselves. All Girl Scouts in attendance will receive a special STEM Expo patch for their Girl Scout uniforms.

Media Contacts:

Elizabeth Fairchild, Communications Director, Girl Scouts of Orange County

About Girl Scouts of Orange County

We are Girl Scouts of Orange County.  We are 33,000 strong—nearly 20,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, Girl Scouts offers every girl opportunities to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit girlscoutsoc.org.