By Amusement Today | May 7, 2013
AGAWAM, Mass. — Six Flags New England, the region’s largest theme park, is educating young women with the all-new Science Adventure Program. On Saturday, May 11, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., over 500 Girl Scouts throughout the New England region will be participating in this educational day focusing on engineering and technology. Girls Scouts will be representing all corners of the northeast from New York, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Science Adventure was created with the assistance of New England educators to utilize the park’s top attractions and formulate a Science curriculum around them. Throughout this program, the Girl Scouts will be invited to explore the park in a thrill-packed scavenger hunt, following clues and answering questions about energy and motion along the way. These future scientists will take the field as they compete in teams to earn fun and exciting prizes. The Girl Scouts Science Adventure program includes a Q & A with Six Flags’ very own Corporate Engineer, Mike Neuzil. Mike will discuss the importance and relevance of modern technology within the theme park industry. After the Girl Scouts complete the entire program, they will be awarded a Science Adventure patch and Certificate of Completion.
“Women’s representation is low at all levels of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) career pipeline, from interest and intent to majoring in a STEM field in college to having a career in a STEM field in adulthood,” said Pattie Hallberg, Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) CEO. “Studies show that girls lose interest in math and science during middle school, and STEM interest for girls is low, compared to boys. Partnering with Six Flags to bring the science and thrill of motion alive for girls is a fabulous opportunity to provide inspiration. Inspired girls may just become the next generation of inventors and innovators building the next thrilling roller coaster.” Science Adventure is open to students in grades 4 through 12.
Interested schools and learning professionals will want to reach out directly to Samantha Biondolillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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