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You’re invited to Adventures With Robots’ first-ever Girls Get Science! evening, from 7:15-8:45 pm on November 16th in the media center of Oakland Terrace Elementary School.

This event will have hands-on science activities for girls ages 8-11 including robotics, crime science and digital storytelling.  All workshops will be led by Adventures With Robots instructors.

While the girls are participating in hands-on activities, our panel of women scientists and engineers will speak with parents about the experience of being a girl or young woman pursuing a career in science or engineering. After an hour of activities, the girls will rejoin their parents and have a chance to learn about what our panelists do, and ask questions.

Our guest speakers for the evening are:

*Dr. Pamela "Pan" Conrad, an astrobiologist from the Mars Science Laboratory science team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. For her work, Dr. Conrad has voyaged to some of the most extreme climates on earth, including Antarctica. In addition to speaking at conferences all over the world, Dr. Conrad, an avid scuba diver, appeared in Aliens of the Deep, by James Cameron, director of Titanic.

* Dr. Toby Ratcliffe, a hydrodynamicist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Dr. Ratciffe developed the curriculum for SeaPerch, an innovative underwater robotics program that trains teachers to teach their students how to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. MCPS is rolling out Dr. Ratcliffe's curriculum to several schools.

*Mary Fertig, P.E., a civil engineer for the City of Rockville’s Department of Public Works.  Ms. Fertig received her BSCE from the University of Vermont in water resources, transportation, land planning,  and site engineering.

Studies have shown that as early as 2nd grade, many girls are deciding that science is not for them.  We hope that by reaching out to girls and their parents through events like these we can help convince girls in our community that science is for everyone.

Registration for this event is $20 per parent/daughter pair and $10 for each additional participant.

We are offering three hand-on activities for your girls: LEGO Robotics, Crime science and multimedia digital storytelling/ video game programming with Scratch, the programming language developed by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Girls will be grouped by age and will have a chance to participate in all three activities.

Adventures With Robots brings after-school , home school, and evening science classes in robotics, engineering, computer animation, electronics, crime science and more to children throughout the DC metro area.  We donate money back to our PTA partners and we offer at-cost classes to residents of low-income housing projects managed by Montgomery Housing Partnership.

AWR was founded one year ago in Silver Spring, Md. by a former Wall Street Journal technology reporter who is the mother of two young children. More than half of our instructors are women, many of us with multiple degrees!

For more information, please visit our website at You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube under the name “awrobots.”



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Oakland Terrace E.S.
2720 Plyers Mill Rd
Silver Spring, MD
United States