Girls Summer Science Series

There are still a few spaces in Patten Free Library’s new summer science program for seventh and eighth grrade girls.  There will be two separate two-day workshops over a two-week period in July.  Interested participants can sign up for one or both of two STEM-themed projects, both of which are offered free of charge to interested girls living within the Library service area or attending an R.S.U. 1 school.

The first project, RoboPots!, is made possible by a generous donation of materials from Gizmo Gardens, a Nobleboro-based organization that promotes gender-balanced education  of students in grades 5-12 in the subjects of computer science, electronics, and robotics. It will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday, July 10 and 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn basic circuitry concepts to make a self-watering plant (and a beautiful clay pot). 

The second project, the Girl-Powered Space Challenge, is made possible through grants from the Sunrise Rotary Club. It is offered on Tuesday and Thursday, July 17 and 19, also from 10 a.m. to noon.  Working in teams, participants will build, program, test, and evaluate robots to solve real-world problems relating to space exploration.  Amy Kerr, who leads the middle school robotics group during the school year, will lead this workshop.

During the second workshop day of the space challenge, participants will be able to video chat with Diane Stees, a cryogenics engineer at the Kennedy Space Center.  Diane has been a member of the Space Shuttle Launch Team for 25 years (1986 until 2011), was NASA’s Liquid Hydrogen System Lead Engineer and also the Cryogenic Propulsion Console Chief for the last six years of the Shuttle Program. In 1986 Diane was the first female engineer in NASA’s Fluid Systems Division to occupy an office at the Shuttle launch pads.  Diane has also invited one of her college interns, Danelle Lazcano-Concelman, to be part of the video chat.

To register or for more information, contact Jordan at the Library (, or 443-5141, ext. 25).  If registrations exceed capacity, the spots for each workshop will be chosen by lottery.

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