Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Invention Convention Spurs Imagination and Creativity

GSNC's 2013 Invention Convention Encourages Girl Scouts to Think Outside the Box (or Maybe with it!) As They Create Objects Out of Recycled Materials.

GSNC Invention Convention - Girl Scout Brownies Show Off the Chair They Created
Brownies Show Off the Chair They Created
Last Friday night (February 22), a crowd of over 100 people gathered at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for Girl Scouts of Nassau County's first Invention Convention for Girl Scout Brownies. The girls came ready to DISCOVER more about the world around them, to CONNECT with other girls, the Museum and GSNC volunteers and staff on some cool ideas, and then to put those Discoveries and Connections together to TAKE ACTION by creating their own musical instrument and chair made from recycled materials. Girls also participated in an exercise where they designed and built a space station on Mars or the moon. All of the activities were in the halls and galleries of the Museum, where the girls were surrounded by marvelous inventions at every turn!

GSNC Invention Convention - Girl Scout Brownie Listening to the Musical Instrument She Created
A Brownie Listening to Her Musical Instrument
It was a fun filled and active night!  Girls rated making musical instruments as their favorite activity, followed closely by building the chair... The musical instruments were a more individual creative pursuit, whereas the chair required lots of teamwork and DECISION MAKING.   (Wonder if the girls called upon the skills they learned in the Girl Scout Cookie Program as they were making those decisions?)  As an observer, it was obvious to see various leadership skills - and styles - in action!

Thanks to our partners at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for their help in creating this fun event! Special Shout out to the two FLL Robotics Teams that came to demonstrate and show their support for STEM and to all of volunteers for their support throughout the evening... and to the Leaders and parents who made sure their girls had this great experience. 

p.s.  To learn more 3Doodler,  the new invention I told the girls about in the opening session, just type it in a search engine or try visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/3doodler-3d-printing-pen_n_2725166.html

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