Girls Embrace Renewable Energy to Keep Tucson Clean and Beautifulby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jul. 09, 2012, under Press Releases
Power Up Camp
University of Arizona Campus
TUCSON- The dog days of summer often find Tucsonans seeking refuge indoors to escape the sun’s powerful rays. This is not the case for girls participating in the Girl Scouts’ Power Up camp, which takes place next week at the University of Arizona. The thirty girls signed up for this unique hands-on science experience will be looking at ways to use the sun’s rays to their advantage by harnessing its energy to power up original inventions that will emphasize a commitment to keep clean Tucson clean and beautiful.
During this weeklong camp girls ages eleven to fourteen will explore alternate energy sources and will discover the world that surrounds them in an entirely new way. Girls will not only learn about the current methods for harnessing the power of solar, wind, and water resources to power up houses, cars, and even boats (as seen with the Solar Sailor in Sydney, Australia), they will also have the opportunity to team up with University of Arizona Engineering & Design students to develop the concepts introduced by PBS’s Design Squad Kinetic Sculpture Challenge. Girls will create their very own moving sculpture, which will include designing a prototype and marketing their invention. They will present their work at an end of camp showcase for their family and friends.
Power Up Camp will also have a number of VIP guests. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, State Representative Bruce Wheeler, and State Representative Macario Saldate all plan to attend the Camp and to support the continuing interests of girls in the STEM fields. Renewable energy is a cause particularly close to Mayor Rothschild’s heart. Not only does he enthusiastically support the Solar Power 101 community education workshops started by Congresswoman Giffords, he also made solar energy and water conservation an integral part of his 180 Day Work Plan upon becoming Mayor. Representative Wheeler and Representative Saldate are also passionate about this issue; they are both active members of the House’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Michelle Higgins, Girl Scouts STEM Director, is excited for what lies ahead. “This is a great opportunity for the girls to meet and interact with University of Arizona students and professors as well as community leaders who share their interests and are committed to powering up new ideas and inventions. It’s s also really amazing to see girls extrapolate engineering design concepts into every day applications. I can’t wait to see them in action and their final products.”
For more information on Power Up Camp or other Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona programs, please contact Michelle Higgins, STEM Director at email@example.com.
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership development organization dedicated to helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSSoAz serves over 14,000 girls in Southern Arizona and includes over 1,500 adult volunteers. Our goals are to provide a wide range of contemporary programs that reflect the unique needs and interests of all girls living in Southern Arizona, to empower girls to reach their full potential, and to give girls a voice in their community and in their own lives. For more information on Girl Scouting in Southern Arizona, please contact Maria DeCabooter at (520) 319-3175.