Friday, November 29, 2019

Imagine Your Possibilities STEM Conference Was a Big Success!

On Saturday, November 2, more than 60 Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes participated in our 6th annual “Imagine Your Possibilities” STEM Conference hosted by Hofstra University.

Keynote speaker Deb Henneberry from the Ninety-Nines female aviator group and Vaughn College kicked off the conference by sharing her inspiring journey that led her into the aviation field. The girls were then led by various Hofstra student volunteers to their chosen workshops that included:
  • discovering life in a drop of pond water
  • learning how sensations impact our perceptions
  • creating jewelry while learning about the role magnets play in our lives 
  • discovering the chemistry of metals 
  • appreciating the wonders of civil engineering, creating a robotic hand 
  • examining light rays in our galaxies 
  • harnessing wind energy
  • exploring how hydro-technology can feed the world 
We wrapped up the day with the girls sharing with each other what they learned in their workshops.

Special thank you to Hofstra University for your continued support of our STEM Conference and showing our Girl Scouts if they can imagine it, they can do it! Thank you to our speakers, workshop leaders, and volunteers for taking our girls on a STEM adventure! Keep on imagining the possibilities and make it your reality!

PINHOLE CAMERAS: NO LENS? NO PROBLEM!
led by Dr. Christina Lacey, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Hofstra University

CIVIL ENGINEERS: SHAPING THE WORLD WE LIVE IN?
led by Dr. Margaret Hunter, Associate Professor, Engineering, Hofstra University

THE CHEMISTRY OF METALS
led by Dr. Sabrina Sobel Professor, Chemistry, Hofstra University

SENSATION VS. PERCEPTION
led by Dr. Elisabeth Ploran, Associate Professor, Psychology, Hofstra University

WIND ENERGY IS A BREEZE!
led by Dr. Lynn Albers, Assistant Professor, Engineering, Hofstra University

STRONG ENOUGH TO LIFT A GALLON OF MILK, GENTLE
ENOUGH TO PICK UP AN EGG: BUILDING A ROBOTIC HAND
led by Nancy Setzler

THE HIDDEN LIFE IN POND WATER
led by
Dr. Jessica Santangelo, Assistant Professor, Biology,
Hofstra University

LEDS MAGNETS AND MAGNETIC JEWELRY
led by 
Katrina Rook-Pietraski, Ph.D., Process Engineering Manager,
Veeco Instruments, Inc.


AQUAPONICS, HYDROPONICS AND AEROPONICS:
USING TECHNOLOGY TO FEED THE WORLD
led by
Diane M. Williams, MS, PMP, CSM, Program Manager, Science Technology
Entry Program, Office of Student Administration, New York Institute of Technology


Friday, November 8, 2019

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Girl Scout Alum Melanie's Story


How Troop Meetings, Council Activities, Girl Scout Leaders, and the Girl Scout Gold Award Have Helped Melanie Become the Leader She Is Today!


Who are Girl Scouts? Girl Scouts are go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders. They’re G.I.R.L.S who design robots, learn life skills, improve our neighborhoods and go on amazing adventures. They’re making a difference.


Girl Scouts is a lifelong adventure, full of friendship, connection, service, and fun! Every Girl Scout Alum has a unique story to tell about their experiences and adventures, and we’re sharing those stories.


Girl Scout Alum Melanie was a Girl Scout for 11 years and continues on as an Adult Lifetime Member.

Name: Melanie Sinesi
Council: Girl Scouts of Nassau County

Tell us about your time as a Girl Scout. Looking back, what were some highlights, important moments, life lessons, and/or favorite memories?

Being a Girl Scout is part of the fabric of my identity, having learned many of life’s lessons, teachable moments, and the importance of community service over my many years as a Girl Scout. I started Girl Scouting at the Brownie level, making my way to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. The life lesson that Girl Scouting has taught me (and I am still learning and paying forward) is the power of the GIRL, or in preferred Girl Scouting terms, G (go-getter), I (innovator), R (risk-taker), and L (leader.) My favorite Girl Scout memories include my time spent in the Girl Scouts of Nassau County Chorus, camping at Camp Blue Bay, and recently having the honor and opportunity to meet the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Sylvia Acevedo. One of my recent highlights was keynoting the 2018 Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony. In my remarks, I reflected on my personal challenges with navigating a career choice and the power of volunteering. My most important piece of advice to the graduating Girl Scouts, was to explore every potential opportunity and never forget to lend a hand to your female colleagues.


Did Girl Scouts have an impact on your career choice/field of study? If so, how?
YES, Girl Scouts had a huge impact on my career choice. After starting my studies at Stony Brook University with the goal of pursuing a medical degree, I soon realized it was not for me. Fast forward to graduation…I applied for an internship with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Office, and the rest is history. My Gold Award project (and Girl Scouting) taught me to be a leader and an innovator (back to the GIRL agenda), and I credit much of my career’s success to these skills. My troop leader throughout my Girl Scout career was the breadwinner for her family, a mother of 2, and still made time for troop activities and service. Seeing that level of determination and drive at a young age, consistently reminded me to reach for the stars. Today I continue to work in government, a career that embodies service and ambition.


What Girl Scout skills have you used in your college/professional life?
At an early age, being a Girl Scout meant public speaking and community-based activities. My career requires both of these actions each and every day. Girl Scouting taught me the power of a troop, and the power of girls who are passionate. Over the past few years I have been lucky to have had incredible female bosses and colleagues, and to witness the power of women at the table.


Do you continue to volunteer with Girl Scouts? If so, how and why?
Yes! I believe it is my time to start “paying it forward” and give back to Girl Scouts. I served as the Delegate Chair for my association, acting as the liaison between Council and the Bay Association for several years. After I completed my term, I joined the Board DevelopmentCommittee, Delegate Communications Committee, and was given the great honor of being chosen as a National Delegate for 2020.


What advice would you give younger Girl Scouts?
The Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards aren’t meant to be easy. It is this determination and strength at a young age that will give you the tools you need to succeed later in life.


What is one item you always carry with you?
I keep a notebook everywhere I go. I have one on my bedside table, one for the car, one at work, and one always in my purse. Great ideas don’t always strike when you need them, be prepared to jot down the answer wherever you may be!