Girl Scouts enjoy a day of science at UAF

Ben Deering / Sun Star Reporter
April 5, 2011

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) collaborated with the Farthest North Girl Scouts for Science in Action April 2 in the Reichardt building.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Girl Scouts, ages 9-11, participated in several activities revolving around science. Some went geocaching, some tracked down tagging collars used to estimate wildlife movement and populations, and others engaged in older traditions with basket weaving.

“The whole purpose is for girls to meet women scientists and experience science, to meet role models and see career opportunities, and see science as a process and not something you study in school,” said Martha Kopplin, who works with the International Arctic Research Center (IARC).  The Day of Science gave the girls an opportunity to interact with some of UAF’s female scientists.

“I think it’s really important that young girls know what science is, and that young girls realize what a broad range of things science is,” said Rose Meier, who is currently establishing ethnobotany as a program on the Kuskokwim campus in Bethel.

“Not everyone’s going to be a scientist, but everybody needs to think like a scientist,” Kopplin said.

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