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Have you ever wondered, “How does that work?” or thought to yourself, “I could build that!” Explore, experience and experiment, not for a grade, but for fun! Meet talented women and experience exciting opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Discover how you can make a difference in the world.

At Geek is Glam, you'll enjoy:

  • Interactive Workshops
  • Amazing Demonstrations
  • Hands-on Exhibits
  • Educational Career Panels
  • Lunch in a College Dining Hall

This is a girl-only event. We are looking for adults to volunteer with us for the day! If you would like to be a part of this great event, please contact Tammy Breen at TBreen@gscwm.org. Volunteers are needed to assist in workshops, run registration, direct girls, be hall monitors and various other opportunities. All volunteers must be a registered member of Girl Scouts and have an active CORI on file with GSCWM and understand you will not be with your troop or daughter for the day.

Plus, you'll go home with an event t-shirt and bag and other give-aways.

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Art in Math and Math in Art

You will create art that uses math concepts such as geometric transformations and irrational numbers. You will examine different types of mathematical patterns that create extraordinary works of art.
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2B, 3

Become an Alchemist for an Hour!

During this workshop, you will turn ordinary copper pennies to "silver" pennies and then to "gold" pennies. You will learn the chemistry of how and why this works!
Grades 6-8
Session #: 1, 2A

Brain Explorers

Participate in hands-on activities that will help you to understand how the brain works. Learn about how your brain interprets signals from your eyes, ears, nose and hands. See real images of the brain and learn how they are used to understand learning and memory. Make your own model of the brain and a neuron and learn how they function.
Grades 4-5
Session #: 2A, 3

Career Exploration

This is your chance to meet women in facinating STEM fields, find out why they chose their particular field and what it takes to get there! With small groups, you'll have plenty of time for questions and answers and really find out what it takes to get where you want to go!
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2A, 3, 4

Cool, Practical Robots

iRobot makes practical robots which are changing the world. From revolutionizing how you clean your home, to protecting our troops from danger, to enabling remote workers to more personally collaborate throughout the workplace, their robots are making everday life simpler, and safer. Come see how the robots work, the science behind the robot and get a chance to interact with the robots up close and personal.
Grades 6-8
Session #: 2A, 3

Creating Apps for Your Android Tablet/Smartphone

Learn how to build an App for your Android Smartphone or tablet! Learn how you can become a creator of an app-not just users of apps! You'll create a Magic 8 Ball App and a Photo Booth App in this session!
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2A

Dance With Math

Join us for an hour of games that involve math and movement! We'll be playing games like Captain's Calling and Four Corners-with a mathematical twist!
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 3, 4

Entertainment Technology

"Nurture your desire to learn constantly. Be creative, be practical, be patient, be crazy!" ~Melody Malmberg, author of Walt Disney Engineering. There's an old saying that all work and no play makes life pretty dull. But if you learn the ins and outs of entertainment technology, you can end up with work that's all about play! Discover the sound waves in a ringtone, the light magic that makes movies, and the topsy-turvy physics of roller coasters.
Grades 6 - 8
Session #: 2A

Exploring the principles of engineering design and mechanics by collaboratively constructing a hydraulic arm

We will first investigate hydraulic principles and the apply them by building a hydraulic arm in small teams to do a particular task
Grades 6-8
Session #: 2B

Flying, Exploding and Expanding: Amazing Airrific Experiments

Air can do so many cool things. Learn how to create your own hover craft, create explosions, craft your own parachutes and blow up balloons without using your lips. Come ready to explore, create and delve into the exciting world of what air can do for you and why physics can be so cool. NOTE: We will be working with balloons in this workshop. Girls with latex allergies should not sign up for this workshops.**
Grades 4-5
Session #: 2B, 3, 4

Games to Explain Human Factors: Come, Participate, Learn, Have Fun!

Activities illustrate how you sense, perceive, interpret, think, learn, remember, make decisions, respond and multitask. Learn about the human factors/ergonomics profession, a combination of engineering and psychology, in which you would design and evaluate products, processes and systems to be safe, easy and fun to use. Participate, have a ton of fun and you may even win a prize!!!
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2A

Girls Inventing to Help Others

After an introduction to what inventing is and how inventors improve the lives of others, you will have the opportunity to invent your own solutions to real-world problems with everyday materials.
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2A, 3

Google Web Design

Explore the fundamentals of creating an HTML website for any device! Equip yourself with computer skills to pursue 21st century opportunities!
Grades 4-5
Session #: 2B

Learning Cell Biology with Cookies

We will learn about the structure and function of different organelles in plant and animal cells. We will build model cells using different materials as part of this activity.
Grades 4-5
Session #: 2A

Living and Working in Space

Come learn from experts about living and working in the International Space Station. You might get a chance to meet a real astronaut!
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2B, 3

MaKey MaKey

Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or the Piano on bananas? MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that can turn everyday objects into programmable devices. Start Making! Encourages beginners to experiment with electronics kits, software tools and everyday objects.
Grades 4-5
Session #: 3, 4, 5

Meet Ashley Freiberg-Professional Race Car Driver

What does auto racing have to do with science, technology, engineering and math? Come meet a 22 year old professional female race car driver and find out! Ms. Freiberg has won multiple races and championships in her career and even made history when she became the first first woman to win a race at Daytona, win an overall CTSCC race and many more!  All this-in what is considered a "male" profession! Ms. Freiberg is also a big advocate for strong, smart, successful young women doing things out of the normal stereotype. Learn what it's like making it as a young woman-in what used to be a man's world!
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 1, 3

Money and Math are Fun When You're a Banker

Learn how math skills are important to you and the money decisions you make every day. Then be a teller or a loan officer and use math skills to help your customers. It's all fun, and you will learn too!
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 1, 2B, 4, 5

Plugging the Leaks

Our town has a water problem-the water is dirty and some of it is leaking out! Working in teams, you will be challenged to come up with a "clean and green" water filtration system, using your imagination and a variety of materials provided. We'll learn about water conservation, why water is so important and how nature's filtration systems work to clean up our water for drinking, swimming and fishing.
Grades 4-5
Session #: 1, 2B

Shake Things Up! How Earthquake Engineers Keep People Safe

In areas where earthquakes are common, the work of earthquake engineers can save lives and prevent disasters. Come engineer a model city of earthquake resistant buildings, and test to see how it reacts during a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2B

The Anti Bullying Project

This workshop will discuss on how to create a diverse and female-friendly environment for future science students and doctors, and researchers.
Grades 6-8
Session #: 5

The Effects of Oil Spills on Wildlife

Why do oil spills have such widespread, negative effects? What properties of oil cause it to harm bird's feathers and their ability to survive? Investigate this global problem with a hands-on experiment with college students from UMass Amherst!
Grades 4-5
Session #: 1, 2A, 5

Tour of WPI Robotics Lab

Tour the campus, visit research labs and see robot demos!
Grades 6-8
Session #: 3

Veterinary Medicine: Engineering Challenges

You will be challenged to engineer a solution to an important problem in veterinary medicine!
Grades 6-8
Session #: 2B, 3

WPI Campus Tour

Current WPI students will take you on a walking tour of our campus. On tour, you'll see academic buildings, classrooms, the library, a residence hall, the dining hall, our Sports & Recreation Center, and the Campus Center. Your tour guides will talk about their experiences as WPI students, and you may ask them questions about what it is like to attend WPI.
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2A, 2B, 5

Your Phone is a Discovery-Making Machine!

In our workshop you will become a scientist, working in a small team to solve a challenge related to the GIG STEM Expo. You'll have to figure out what data you need and how you're going to get it… using our simple discovery app, a smart phone, and your wits. And you'll get to show off your discoveries by creating a digital poster.
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: 2A, 3, 4

Expo During workshops

Hands-on, interactive, informative and yes- SUPER FUN! The Expo Hall will be wall-to-wall STEM excitement with robots, Giant Games, experiments, demonstrations, raffles and so much more! One Expo session per girl.
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: During workshops 2B, 5

Lunch During workshops

An all-you-can eat lunch in the college dining hall with more choices than you will ever imagine! Options available for all diets, diet restrictions and likes! Clean kitchen and seating area also available.
Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8
Session #: During workshop 2A

Come back to this page often - presenters and workshops are being added as they are confirmed.

  • Cambridge Science Festival-Science on the Street with an Augmented Reality Sandbox and other hands-on activities
  • Brain Explorers with the Association for Women in Science
  • The Burncoat Robotics Team are bringing their robots!
  • Cool, Practical Robots with iRobot
  • Mass Academy of Math & Science presents DNA and Rainbows
  • Shake Things Up! How Earthquakes Engineers Keep People Safe with Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science
  • Six Flags New England-with possible characters, prize wheel and four pack of one-day admission tickets
  • The Universe is Yours with WorldWide Telescope
  • Move and communicate with a SPHERES satellite with Zero Robotics
  • Learn how to think like a scientist and do a pumpkin challenge with the EcoTarium
  • Worcester State University presents Making the World a Better Place Through Green Chemistry
  • Learn how inventors improve the lives of others with Lemelson-MIT Program w/MIT’s School of Engineering
  • Mass Audubon at Broad Meadow Brook will help you create a lean and green water system and will have hands-on nature activities
  • Emagination Computer Camps with 3D Animation/Art, Photoshop; iMovie and Game Design
  • Learn all about solar eclipses and astrophysics with Bridgewater State University
  • Mathematical patterns can create extraordinary works of art-learn how with Seven Hills Charter Public School
  • Robotics Resource Center at WPI
  • The Women in Robotics Engineering Group-WiRE-will give you robot demos and research lab tours
  • Build balloon-powered cars with Smith College
  • Fly an actual drone with FloDesign.
  • Take the Zoo Exhibit Design Challenge with Zoo New England
  • Meet Ashley Freiberg, the first woman to ever win a car race at Daytona
  • Create your own wind turbine with UMass STEM Education, and Science and Sustainability for Everyone
  • Come play Games to Explain the Human Factors with Dr. Shapiro of Education by Entertainment
  • National Grid will have their Human Generator and Smart Technologies
  • Come meet Danielle Vollmar from WCVB Channel 5 and learn about severe weather and being on tv!
  • Explore Rocks and Minerals with Smith College
  • Cheating Death by PowerPoint with Laura Foley
  • SHINE for Girls presents Dance with Math
  • See the whole WPI campus on a student-led tour
  • Use a smartphone and app to tackle  an Expo Challenge with Aecern Discovery
  • Be challenged to engineer a solution to an important problem in veterinary medicine with Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
  • Becker College will teach you how to be a game designer and will help you build an unusual friend!
  • Hands-on marine science with Coastal Studies for Girls
  • Amherst Regional Middle School teaches you about becoming an Alchemist
  • Tasting and testing food with the Community Harvest Project
  • Learn about cell biology, rocks and minerals, about the Anti-Bullying Project and build a hydraulic arm or balloon-powered car with Smith College
  • Learn how money and math can be fun with Digital Federal Credit Union
  • Join Microsoft Store in the Natick Mall to discover the sounds waves in ringtones, the light magic that makes movies, the topsy-turvy physics of roller coasters and see a MakerBot!
  • The Boys & Girls Club will be on-hand to demonstrate their FLL Robotics
  • Investigate the effects of oil spills on wildlife and learn all about membrane proteins with the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Affiliate Group from UMass Amherst
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University joins us all the way from Florida!

Are you interested in adding to our great line up of workshops, demonstrations or having a table at our expo?  Please contact Tammy Breen at TBreen@gswcm.org.

Sponsored by:

  • DCU for kids
  • National Grid
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Northrop Grumman / AOA Xinetics
  • QSP

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