Girls Go To Mars Engages Girls in STEM Program Description

Girls Go To Mars Engages Girls in STEM Program Description

Girls Go To Mars (GGTM) is a set of activities designed to engage middle school girls in hands-on science. GGTM introduces NASA’s MAVEN Mission, which reached Mars on September 21,2014, and began its study of the martian atmosphere.

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Girls Go To Mars (GGTM) is a set of activities designed to engage middle school girls in hands-on science. GGTM introduces NASA’s MAVEN Mission, which reached Mars on September 21,2014, and begins its study of the martian atmosphere. Understanding Mars leads to activities where GGTM kicks off the Girl Scout’s Leadership Journey Breathe that engages girls in understanding our planet’s atmosphere.

The SETI Institute’s Center for Education and the Girl Scouts of Northern California’s Girls Go Tech collaborated on the development and field tests of the activities with Cadette Girl Scouts.

Cadette Girl Scout Troops in the San Francisco Bay Area participated in the alpha and beta test workshops at the Institute on November 16, 2013, and March 22, 2014.  Girls commented  “This is cool! We are actually doing science instead of just reading in class,” “This makes sense,” and “I never did this before.”  

The national field test is underway.  Following the field tests and NASA Communications review, GGTM activities will be available for Girl Scouts nationwide via the SETI Institute educator webpage  and the Northern California Council website.  Cadettes attending the Girl Scouts USA Convention in October are invited to the NASA MAVEN exhibit where they can check out Greenhouse Effect Model and the Journey Breathe.