Girl Scouts of Nassau County set a new record for the tallest free-standing tower made entirely of Girl Scout Cookies ... Six feet, 1/8 of an inch, completed about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2010. A good time was had by all!
And as much fun as it is to break new records, the real advantages of the project were the teamwork, patience and perseverance that the girls displayed ... Over 100 girls participated in planning the design and implementation of the project and then came out to work in shifts.
They learned how mathematic principles can be applied to problem solving and they had the opportunity to work up-close and personal with Rebecca Goldberg, a professional engineer, who shared her love of her profession with all of them. More than a few of those girls have already expressed their interest in learning and exploring more avenues related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Rebecca and Anita Konfederak of Merritt Engineering with Girl Scouts
Rebecca is one of the most patient and hardworking people with whom I have ever spent a day. She was there the ENTIRE day, from about 8:30 a.m. through close, and took only momentary breaks, working diligently with each team of girls as they rotated through the schedule. Her coaching, guidance and patience with the girls was immeasurable ... But what impressed me even more than her skill with the girls, was her ability to finesse all the "side-walk" superintendents who tried to tell her how to do the job ... Rebecca is tremendous role model for all of us!
Donald DeKinipp, Professional Land Surveyor
I also want to thank Merritt Engineering Consultants PC for being our event sponsor and to our numerous witnesses including Town of Oyster Bay Councilman, Anthony D. Macagnone, Nassau County Legislators Judi Jacobs, Rose Walker, Norma Gonsalves, Dave Denenberg, Well Jones, CEO, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Dan Murray of KJOY’s promotions team and GSNC Board Members Ruth Bigman, Anthony Edelman, Diane McFarlane, Diane White and GSNC Volunteer Debra Leraci and our final witness Donald Dekenipp, PLS, our surveyor.