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Saturday, October 13, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
For Girls in Grades 4-8
$25 per girl before September 7th
$35 per girl after September 7th

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
  • Free one-of-a-kind GIG t-shirt and drawstring bag!

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 Katie Chappell at kchappell@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.

The first 35 approved volunteers will receive a Geek Is Glam t-shirt!

Community Partners

We’d love to have you join us at our STEM GIG. Would you like to offer hands-on interactive workshops? Would you like to reserve a table during our Expo Hall? Would you like to put on a demonstration during our event? Are you interested in sitting on career panels and inspiring girls into STEM related fields? Perhaps you are interested in becoming one of our much appreciated donors! Please fill out this form and return to Tammy at TBreen@gscwm.org and help us inspire tomorrow’s STEM leaders TODAY!

Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc.

Join the Aldrich Astronoical Society, Inc.'s display for hands-on STEM activities, models and displays of space artifacts and meteorites! Learn about the 11 year old girl who named Pluto, the largest Dwarf Planet, Venetia Burney Phair. Celebrate Dr. Sally Ride, an astrophysicist and the first American woman to go into space on the space shuttle Challenger and celebrate other women in science too!

Algonquin Regional High School FIRST Team 1100

Join the team from Algonquin Regional High School's FIRST Team 1100 and see exciting demonstrations of their robots and participate in engaging, hands-on, engineering-related activities.

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Allison Ross

You may have seen her compete in the 2018 Jeopardy! College Championship-now meet Alli Ross in person! Alli set her sights on competing on Jeopardy! at the young age of 10 when she passed the test and got her first audition to appear on Jeopardy! Alli will be one of our keynote speakers but you can attend a Meet and Greet in smaller sessions and hear all about  the experiences she had growing up that led her to major in the STEM fields of biology and biotechnology, specifically veterinary medicine, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. From participating in Adventures in Veterinary Medicine at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, to shadowing veterinarians at local animal hospitals and volunteering at Baypath Humane Society, Alli has a lot more to share than just her experiences of appearing on Jeopardy! 

 

Angela Case

Come meet a registered nurse who works in the Labor and Delivery Room and find out what it's like to be a nurse doing such an important career!

ArtReach

Visit ArtReach during the Expo Hall to try your hands at artwork and STEAM learning projects or meet the owner during one of the Career Exploration sessions and learn all about the fine arts, STEAM learning, and the art of fashion!

Association for Women in Science UMASS Amherst

Learn the science behind chemical mixtures while you make your very own lava lap or have fun with Slime and learn about the molecular biology that goes into making slime with the Association for Women in Science UMass Amherst chapter!

Association of Women in Science-WPI

Association of Women in Science is always looking for ways to bring women in the sciences together to inspire each other! How will they inspire you? Visit their expo table to find out!

Aztechs Robotics

Joining us again this year are the Aztechs Robotics team-and they are going be displaying their robots-and YOU can even run them!

Battelle

How do ecostystems adapt and respond to changes over time? From droughts and wildfires, to land use and invasive species, our ecosystems are constantly changing. Meet an ecologist from the Battelle National Ecological Observatory Network who manages the northeast regional office of a continent-wide ecological research project working to characterize causes and impacts of environmental change in the United States to study changing ecosystems to better forecast the impacts of these changes for future generations.

Bay Path University-Delta Delta Epsilon Alpha Eta Chapter

Compare how well fingerprints are able to collected from different materials that are commonly found at crime scenes with the Delta Delta Epsilon Alpha Eta Chapter from Bay Path University! You'll even get to try your hand and lifting prints from different materials. 

Bay Path University

Explore the world of crime scene forensics with Bay Path University. Apply the principles of forensic science to a hypothetical crime. You will enter into a mock crime scene learning the fun tools on how to solve the question of… who did it?

Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College

"Rock On" with geologists from Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College and have hands-on opportunities to examine geological and paleontological evidence of the past and learn how we can connect today with tomorrow. Understanding our past environments will help us protect the environments today and into the future.

Beyond Benign

Play a biomimicry matching game where you match a technology with the plant or animal that inspired its design and learn all about Sharklet technology with hands-on simulation with Beyond Benign

Blackstone Valley Technical

Working with a team from Blackstone Valley Technical, you'll get to take the paper tower challenge and the engineering nail balancing challenge! Or you may learn how to create a working electronic circuit!

Bose Corporation

Come see new products from Bose, including some of their newest releases and learn all about the technical/scientific side of the products and their development. Don't forget to check out their raffle item!

Boston University College of Engineering

Learn about the engineering design process, manufaturing and assembly by building and testing LEGO cars with the Boston University of College of Engineering.

Brilliant Botany

From redwoods to wildflowers, the planet is covered in plants! Learn all about careers in plant science, awesome women in botany, new research findings and plant your own seed to take home with Brilliant Botany!

Burncoat Robotics

Burncoat Robotics is back for its sixth year and is going to help you program your First robot! In small teams you will learn how to program robots using LEGO Mindstorms. Some of the things you will learn how to do include driving set distances, detecting objects in front of you, and how to traverse a route to pick up an object.

c-Link Sytsems, Inc.

Come meet Forager, a 6-foot long, 4-foot wide construction robot that weights over 600 pounds and has a working arm that you can work! c-Link Systems, Inc. will also have other types of robots and autonomous vehicles at their table for you to check out. 

College of the Holy Cross Women in Science

Join the College of the Holy Cross Women in Science for mini-interactive demonstrations and learn all about their Women in Science Day 2019!

Connecticut Science Center

Connecticut Science Center is joining us again for some hands-on STEM fun-make sure to stop by and visit them!

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

One of our most popular workshops is always the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University! Think like an engineer to help a dog that has lost its leg from a malignant tumor and become a biomedical engineer to design and construct a prosthesis.

David Clark Co., Inc.

It's all about space in David Clark Co., Inc.'s workshop! Try on a spacesuit, sample food that astronauts would eat in space, learn about the International Space Station, and even play space games with space toys! 

Join David Clark Co., Inc in the Expo Hall to see space suits and intercom systems!

DESCO Medical Service and Lead Yourself Youth

Learn about the science of leadership and finding the leader in you with DESCO Medical Service and Lead Yourself Youth. You will learn how biology, history, and language shapes our ability to leade, new strategies to take new action when self-doubt arises and be able to use them throughout your life. 

Ellyn Montgomery

What is oceanology and why is it fun? Join Ellyn Montgomery and find out! You'll also get to experiment with changing water properties and discover the effects on density. 

Flying Cloud Institute

Learn all about chemistry and engineering with the Flying Cloud Institute while making bottle rockets and doing candy chromatography!

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Gabriela Taveras, Miss Massachusetts

Gabriela Taveras graduated from Emmanuel College in 2017 and currently works at Insight Global, a professional staffing firm, where she handles recruitment and new business development.
Every competitor in the Miss America pageant gets some amount of scholarship money. Taveras said she’ll use the scholarship money to help her get master’s degrees in International Relations and Business Administration.
During her undergraduate studies, Taveras took a class that allowed her to work with children with HIV and AIDS. That inspired her to eventually use those degrees to form better healthcare policies for children abroad.
“My motto is: I never got a break because I can’t be broken,” Taveras said. “I’m gonna get a curveball thrown at me every day, and I just have to keep moving.”

 

Graduate Women in Science and Engineering at Boston University

Come meet Mounika Vutukuru and Elizabeth Becker from the Graduate Women in Science and Engineering at Boston University for a Career Explorlation Workshop!

iRobot

Robots-and more robots! That's what iRobot is all about! Join us to see every day robots and how they make our lives easier!

LFB-USA

How can you use genetics to solve real life problems? Learn all about basic genetics and how to investigate inherited traits with a real genetics researcher! 

Gear Ticks 

Meet the crew of Gear Ticks from Lincoln, a FIRST Tech Challenge team, see their latest robots and learn about the next level of competitions!

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Visit with the Littleton Robotics-FIRST Team 6328 and see demonstrations of their FRC robots and Lego robots created by their 3 FLL teams.

Massachusetts Destination Imagination

Visit with Massachusetts Destination Imagination during the Expo Hall and take a short challenge and get a free pencil!

Meghan "Mouse" Schafer

What makes snow so magical? Why is snow sometimes fluffy and sometimes hard and icy? Speaking of ice, what's the best way to melt it? You'll explore the fabulous world of winter when you try multiple ways to make snow, explore ice and so much more with Meghan "Mouse" Schafer-our very own GIG mascot! 

Museum of Science

Engineering motion is a lot of fun when you use water pressure and interlocking blocks to build a moving machine and knock over targeted objects with the Museum of Science!

National Grid Sustainability Hub

Don't miss a stop by the National Grid Sustainability Hub's table to find out what activities they have in store for us this year-and give aways!

Peerless Precision, Inc.

Come meet the president of Peerless Precision, Inc. and talk to her about being a female in a the very male dominated field of advanced manufacturing. She'll have fabricated and machined components that are used in Aerospace and defense and you can learn what this field is all about.  

Petricore, Inc.

Join Petricore, Inc. to see their new game called DogFight and become the dog in the plane fighting against cats so save the other dogs!

Project GUST

Learn all about how circuits work with Project GUST and make a greeting card that can light up with LEDs!

Project Lead the Way

Come learn to create blinking messages and play "rock-paper-scissors" with a micro:bit computer. What is a micro:bit computer? Join Project Lead the Way and find out!

PVC Pirates

Join the PVC Pirates to see videos and pictures of their competitions and see the demonstration of their new robot!

Quinsigamond Community College

Play with different 3-D imaging techniques and learn how they are used to enhance pictures, games, movies and to create virtual reality with Quinsigamond Community College.

Ronald G. Shapiro, PhD, LLC/Education by Entertainment 

Learn more about how you think by participating in games which illustrate our strengths and weaknesses as we sense, perceive, think, learn, remember, make decisions, respond and multi-task during Mind Games With Science and Education by Entertainment.

Smith College

As always, Smith College brings it! Explore engineering design with balloon carsl explore plant and animal cells with candy, frosting and cookies; build a tower out of pasta and marshmallows; collect and look at macro-invertebrates under a microscope; or make electro magnets!

Springfield Thunderbirds

Enter to win a high-five tunnel for your troop and a 4-pack of tickets to a hockey game with the Springfield Thunderbirds!

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt

How "cool" is science? Negative 321 degrees, that's how! Join Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt in the Expo Hall for some really cool science experiments, nitrogen and ice cream samples!

The Discovery Museums

Shatter flowers and rubber bands, use a banana as a hammer, shrink a metal ball in just seconds, use everyday chemicals in exciting new ways and perform a metal altering experiment with The Discovery Museums. Or explore simple wave models while delving into the science of sound and how it travels and create unique sound makers with household materials.

The EcoTarium

The EcoTarium joins us again this year for their 6th year at the GiG! Stop by the Expo and see what fun they’ve brought this time around.

The Giant Game Company

Join The Giant Game Company in the Expo Hall for a GIANT good time! We'll have 5 Giant Games:  Giant Chess set, Giant Checker set, Giant Piano Keyboard, Giant Jenga game, and Giant Connect Four game for you to challenge yourself and your friends!

Toysinbox 3D Printing

You can join Toysinbox 3D Printing and see some of the fun things that can be made with a 3D printer-and even make something of your own to take home!

Transportation YOU-WTS Boston

How many pennies can your straw bridge hold? Join Transporation YOU-WTS Boston for a hands-on straw bridge activity and find out!

Umass Extension- 4-H YDP

Code Your World with Umass Extension-4-H YDP! Using games and hands-on fun you'll learn all about computer science that will bring coding to life through hands-on activites. Great for first-time and beginner coders. 

UMass Science Outreach Club

Ever throught about why the door knob shocks you when you're wearing woollen socks in the winter? Want to make beautiful patterns and sounds using just your hands and a bowl of water? Well stop by so you can learn a whole lot of Physics while having fun with the different experiments that the Science Outreach Club of UMass will be bringing!

Women in Robotics Engineering, WPI Club

Join the WPI Club Women in Robotics Engineering to build and code robots! You'll learn about the obsticles faced in basic robotics and about the many careers in the field!

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Admissions Outreach

Have you ever been on a college campus before? Wondered what it would be like to live there? Current Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) students will take you on a walking tour of the campus.  Your tour guides will talk about their experiences as WPI students, and you'll be able to ask them questions about what it is really like to be a college student!

Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Learn all about renewable energy and put it into practice as an engineer! You'll join Worcester Polytechnic Institute to design windmill blades that will be able to generate enough power to lift a set of small weights!

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Explore the power and impact of the brainstorming technique as it relates to the product development process. You'll participate in team activities relating to brainstorming with Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute BME

Join the Biomedical Engineering Department from Worcester Polytechnic Institute to learn about how biomedical engineers help keep hearts healthy and build your own heart valve to help repair the heart!