Education: Steering Girls into Science
Forty-five Girl Scouts in Rochester, Minn., spent last Thursday evening solving a crime. Although their three-hour foray into forensics was a bit sugar-coated--the girls, ages 9 to 15, were given cocoa powder to dust for fingerprints and chocolate bars to study teeth imprints--there was also a heavy dose of science and math. The troops measured the "culprit's" footprints to extrapolate how tall he or she might be and used deductive reasoning to eliminate suspects from further investigation. The workshop, organized by IBM for the fifth annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, emphasized another skill crucial to the girls' future success in science and engineering: the troops were advised to spend their 15-minute snack break networking.
Rawe, Julie, "Education: Steering Girls into Science" (2005). ADVANCE Library Collection. Paper 210.