Our Green Girls Summer Institute, which aims to inspire a love of science in girls ages 11-13, will run for the entire month of July. We’re here to keep you updated on all of the fun! The program started off with a bang last week as 26 girls dove right into the engaging activities planned for them. They’ve already had so many new experiences–it’s hard to believe there is still more to come!
After a few icebreaker activities, everyone was soon laughing and getting to know each other and the staff. Adaora, a woman from Girls Inc., came in to speak to the Green Girls about the importance of respect, leadership, teamwork, and wise decision making. Before having lunch, the girls put their heads together for a few problem solving activities based around an environmentally unstable Earth. The rest of the day was spent using iPads to create videos of the nature surrounding them throughout Long Island City.
Feeling a little more comfortable, the Green Girls headed straight for the field–or should we say pond? At Strack Pond, in Forest Park, Queens, the Girls found themselves learning the differences between damselflies and dragonflies. Their new knowledge came alive as each girl was handed a net and given the opportunity to try and catch a few. The girls plunged knee deep into the water to try and get up close to the flies as they sped back and forth across the pond. A couple were caught, and the Green Girls got to observe them up close before setting them free again.
On Wednesday, the Green Girls got to spend some time in a chemistry lab at LaGuardia Community College. They investigated the sucrose contents of various soft drinks and created graphs of their collected data, which they later analyzed. Afterwards, they discussed the roles and impact of sugar around the world. In an inspiring display of the girls’ scientific curiosity, inquiries about biological cell division, mitosis and meiosis, were made and some life science knowledge was gained as well.
The last day of the first week arrived all too quickly. It was spent at The River Project, right next to the Hudson River. A guide led a dialogue on the biodiversity of the Hudson River estuary and the history of the oyster, an endangered species in the river. The girls had a chance to hold and observe tons of little critters such as oysters, crabs, sea snails, and marine anthropods. Shortly after, the girls collected small samples of river water and used a microscope to view all of the life that isn’t visible to the human eye. The week ended with a few weekly prizes, leaving the girls anticipating the activities to come.
They’ve already had so many new experiences–it’s hard to believe there is still more to come. Stay connected with us here on the blog to get a weekly update on what our Green Girls are learning!