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Virtual Programs Reach Across State and International Lines


May 12, 2020 (HARRISBURG, Pa.)– While Girl Scouts continue to follow stay-at-home and social distancing guidelines, they aren’t missing anything when it comes to remarkable program offerings!   Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) offers weekly virtual programs using the Zoom platform, to provide STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities at home.  The activities are designed to reach girls from ages 5-18 and utilize materials they have around the house. Interesting activities include crafting an abstract self-portrait, exploring the engineering design process with a cereal box, writing code, investigating solar energy, and most recently, learning about tessellation patterns. 

What’s a tessellation pattern, you might ask?  Recently, GSHPA engaged more than 160 girls from around the globe who attended a Zoom program session to learn the answer.  Tessellation is defined as a tiling of a flat surface using one or more geometric shapes typically in a repeating pattern.

Girls from more than a dozen states, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Japan joined the GSHPA Zoom program to support and encourage each other during a discussion which focused on the collaboration of math and art in the Tessellation Art Activity.  

“Despite the state of social isolation, our virtual programs deliver a unique Girl Scout experience offering girls a channel to connect and engage with each other in inspiring ways,” said Janet Donovan, president & CEO of Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA. “Even while homebound, girls…both Girl Scouts and those who aren’t Girl Scouts…are very open to using technology to come together to learn and have fun.”

In this most recent session, girls learned about tessellations—fitting shapes together where there are no gaps and no overlaps. The program explored where tessellations exist in real life, such as in architecture, and artists who integrate tessellations into their work. The girls defined how the combination of art and math was demonstrated whenever lines meet in the angles adding up to 360 degrees.

Part of the conversation revolved around what each girl defined as art; and the difference between real life art and abstract art. Ultimately, participants came to the conclusion that art is what each person determines for herself.  

Many more STEAM virtual program sessions are currently available.  Girls – whether a Girl Scout or not – can register online at GSHPA’s event calendar.  Here’s a list of upcoming topics:

  • May 15, 2020 - Block Build Challenge
  • May 22, 2020 - Measure the Wind- making an anemometer
  • May 29, 2020 - Binary Cracking the Code
  • June 5, 2020 - Fibonacci Rectangles
  • June 12, 2020 - Marble Runs with Playdough
  • June 19, 2020 - Solar S’mores
  • June 26, 2020 - Block Build Challenge 2.0

About Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania provides the character-building benefits of girl scouting to more than 14,000 girls across 30 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The organization’s mission and long-term goal is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information, visit