With help from PPL, Girl Scouts take STEM programs on the road
Grant and donation support creation of a mobile science lab
A bright future in science, technology, engineering or math will be closer than ever for girls in central Pennsylvania, thanks to donations to Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania by PPL.
The PPL Foundation recently gave the regional Girl Scouts organization a $60,000 grant to purchase a large cargo van that will be outfitted as a mobile laboratory, with laptop computers, mobile hotspot technology, 3D printers and other equipment. PPL Electric Utilities donated another $5,000 to support operation and maintenance of the mobile lab for the year.
The STEM lab will take activities and programming offered at the Girl Scouts’ centers and camps and bring it to girls in rural areas, who may lack financial resources or transportation to attend events in larger communities. The goal is to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM fields, where they will likely earn a higher income and use their expertise, courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.
The Girl Scouts hope the lab will help them reach twice as many girls with exciting science and technology programs, ranging from human biology to writing code for video games. The van is expected to be ready in late spring and make its official debut at Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania’s inaugural STEM Expo on May 20, 2017 at the Hershey...