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Girl Scouts ‘spark curiosity’ in daylong campus event


The Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania and the PPL Foundation held a free STEAM Lab at Penn College from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, providing more than 250 girls and young women – from kindergarten through 12th grade – with a hands-on look at Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics pursuits while learning and working with Penn College instructors and students. Attendees worked side-by-side with Penn College faculty/staff and students to earn badges and take part in workshops. Girl Scouts also heard from campus leaders about the future of STEAM and garnered “Spark Curiosity” patches for their participation.

– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer;
Carol A. Lugg, dean of construction and design technologies;
and Barney A. Kahn IV, instructor of building construction technology

Allison Meckley, program director from the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, shares the importance of motivation and a can-do attitude.
Allison Meckley, program director from the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, shares the importance of motivation and a can-do attitude.

Jordan M. Scott, of Cogan Station, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, helps a Girl Scout build a birdhouse. The activity was coordinated by Penn College Construction Association members, along with faculty members Harry W. Hintz and Barney A. Kahn IV, and Scott A. Bierly, lumberyard attendant/equipment repairperson for carpentry.
Jordan M. Scott, of Cogan Station, enrolled in residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, helps a Girl Scout build a birdhouse. The activity was coordinated by Penn College Construction Association members, along with faculty members Harry W. Hintz and Barney A. Kahn IV, and Scott A. Bierly, lumberyard attendant/equipment repairperson for carpentry.

Learning about car care from Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant automotive professor
Learning about car care from Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant automotive professor

Richard M. Sarginger, a longtime faculty member in building construction technology, guides Catie Lugg (the dean's niece) ...
Richard M. Sarginger, a longtime faculty member in building construction technology, guides Catie Lugg (the dean’s niece) …

... who wastes no time in getting to work.
… who wastes no time in getting to work.

The New Cuisines badge inspires Girl Scout Cadettes to cook foods from different cultures.
The New Cuisines badge inspires Girl Scout Cadettes to cook foods from different cultures.

Kristina M. Holland (center), of Mechanicsburg, majoring in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, mentors a colorfully clad group.
Kristina M. Holland (center), of Mechanicsburg, majoring in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration, mentors a colorfully clad group.

A Brownie, exploring the world of carpentry and woodworking, gets started on her toolbox. Daisy and Brownie activities were facilitated by the Women in Construction student organization.
A Brownie, exploring the world of carpentry and woodworking, gets started on her toolbox. Daisy and Brownie activities were facilitated by the Women in Construction student organization.

Encouraging the girls to be "courageous and strong" is Rachel E. White (right), of Doylestown, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.
Encouraging the girls to be “courageous and strong” is Rachel E. White (right), of Doylestown, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration.

Paramedic and physician assistant students help Scouts toward their Senior First Aid badges, demonstrating emergency head care for people injured in motor vehicle accidents.
Paramedic and physician assistant students help Scouts toward their Senior First Aid badges, demonstrating emergency head care for people injured in motor vehicle accidents.

Scouts show off their creation, encouraged by students Hanna M. Gibson (at left, in red), of Allison Park, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, and Lindsay A. Lane, of McKean (second from right, in black), residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, and Hintz (behind the lumber).
Scouts show off their creation, encouraged by students Hanna M. Gibson (at left, in red), of Allison Park, residential construction technology and management: building construction technology concentration, and Lindsay A. Lane, of McKean (second from right, in black), residential construction technology and management: architectural technology concentration, and Hintz (behind the lumber).

Artwork from the Girl Scouts brightens a hallway in the Carl Building Technologies Center.
Artwork from the Girl Scouts brightens a hallway in the Carl Building Technologies Center.

 

 

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