WORCESTER - Part of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s campus was taken over Saturday by girls interested in science who examined brains in jars, interacted with robots, held part of the core of an asteroid in their hands and made bracelets to match their own DNA.
More than 430 Girl Scouts in Grades 4-8 from Central and Western Massachusetts converged on the WPI campus to celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the Geek Is Glam (GIG) STEM Expo. WPI has hosted the event every year since its inception four years ago and it grows in popularity each year, according to its organizers.
“WPI is an amazing collaborator, and it’s a beautiful campus for the girls to walk on,” Dana K. Carnegie, community relations manager for the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts, said. “They come on campus wide-eyed and ready and they’re not really sure what’s about to happen and it’s so fantastic for us to see because we know they’re minds are going to be exposed to the best scientific and engineering minds in the community.”
The day-long interactive event is geared towards girls in Grades 4 through 8, event coordinator Tammy J. Breen said, because it is around the time when girls go into middle school that their interest in science often begins to drop off.
More than 80 organizers and nearly 200 volunteers help run the event, she said. Many of them and the girls make plans to come back the following year before the day is through,...