STORE Partners with Rio Grande Valley Science Assocation and GirlTalk for "Energy and You in the 21st Century" Workshop

In partnership with the Rio Grande Valley Science Association and GirlTalk, STORE provided curriculum and instruction for an energy workshop for incoming 6th- to 8th-grade girls from the Rio Grande Valley area as part of the organization's Engaging Girls in Science Camp, June 6-9, 2011.

STORE members, Dr. Jon Olson and Dr. Hilary Olson provided curriculum and instruction for a summer workshop, Energy and You in the 21st Century, for incoming 6th- to 8th-grade girls from the Rio Grande Valley area.

 

Topics included energy resources and challenges, climate change, carbon mitigation and carbon sequestration. Students completed hands-on lab activities as well as problem sets that involved higher level math, including some algebra, that helped them understand energy concepts and gave them insight into an engineering and science profession. Two local middle school teachers also attended the workshop and assisted with instruction.

 

Due to budget cuts, the workshop could not be held in the local middle school as planned, and we were therefore unable to take advantage of the National School Lunch Program for meals for the girls. However, the Rio Grande Valley Science Association was able to gain community support for this workshop to promote STEM education for girls. St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Pharr, Texas offered to provide space for the workshop, and the Diocese of Brownesville provided breakfasts, snacks and lunches for the girls during the four days. We wish to thank these members of the Rio Grande Valley community for assiting us in this manner.

 

Photo left: Dr. Jon Olson works with girls on their presentations for the upcoming Rio Grande Valley Science Association Annual Conference. The meeting is set for October, 2011. The group of girls will be the 'warm-up act' for Dr. Olson's talk on Energy Resources at the conference.