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Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1072-8325
ISSN Online: 1940-431X

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.v10.i1.60
10 pages

A POSITIVE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE FOR JUNIOR GIRL SCOUTS THROUGH A COLLEGE SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT

Laura A. Guertin
Pennsylvania State University Delaware County, 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media, PA 19063
Jennifer L. Rufo
Pennsylvania State University Delaware County

ABSTRACT

The authors have begun hosting interactive and collaborative activities at the Pennsylvania State University Delaware County campus for Junior Girl Scouts to earn science- and technology-related badges. Undergraduate nonscience majors enrolled in an introductory-level science course are required to complete a service learning project by developing and conducting a series of hands-on exercises for area Junior Girl Scouts. The girls are given the opportunity to use technological tools such as Internet searching and Palm Pilot handheld computers to complete the requirements for a science badge. The activities are detailed and supplemented with a corresponding program workbook that promotes women in science careers. Postproject evaluations show the scouts reporting higher interest in science, more positive attitudes toward science, and a desire to earn more science-related badges. The undergraduates report a strong desire to complete additional projects to help serve the community.


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