Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Expo Aims To Encourage Girls To Study Science

i agree, we SHOULD encourage our grrrls to study math and science AND WHATEVER THEY WANT TO STUDY. when i was in junior high we HAD (as grrrls that is) to take home ec; sewing (which i HATED) and cooking (which i already knew how to do thanks to my noni) nothing wrong with that, BUT we should have had a choice. by the time i got to high school i had enough. i demanded to take wood shop. they let me but it wasn't easy getting in. i still have the little one legged (i did the leg on a lathe) table i made. of course my teacher begged me to stop wrecking so much wood. i'll bet he was relieved when i graduated.......that is until my sister got him for PLASTICS STOP

By ROBERT A. FRAHM Courant Staff Writer February 15 2006 WEST HARTFORD -- From a second-floor classroom at St. Joseph College, middle school girls tossed eggs from a window Tuesday - strictly in the interest of science.Using paper, balloons, duct tape and other household materials, teams of girls built a variety of flight capsules for the eggs, hoping for a safe landing."It's kind of like a spacecraft," said 12-year-old Chelsea Wright, who fashioned a parachute-like craft using plastic foam plates "so it floats down lighter."Wright, a sixth-grader at Manchester's Bennet Middle School, was among about 150 participants at the Girls and Tech Expo, an event designed to encourage more girls to think about careers in math and science."It's a field dominated by men," St. Joseph President Evelyn C. Lynch said as she welcomed girls from a dozen middle and elementary schools to a series of workshops on topics ranging from solar power to Internet web page design.The expo on the St. Joseph campus in West Hartford attracted students from Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Bloomfield, Farmington and Simsbury. It is part of a series of similar events across the state sponsored by the Connecticut Girls & Technology Network and the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund...........

2 comments:

CGG said...

I was terrible at Math and Science too, but in college I did really well with Music Theory and Analysis which males tend to dominate as well. It's good to see that encouraging women to excel it still interesting someone. Lately there's been so much hoopla about how boys can't sit still and we're supposed to change the whole damn education system for them. Ugh.

a rose is a rose said...

math i can do (thank you mrs tansy). science, history, geography i cannot. it doesn't matter. i knew when i was a grrrl i was NOT lesser than any boy. i make sure my nieces know that too. i'm not BETTER, i'm just EQUAL. i go nuts when lets say a man asks a question of a group of people and i answer or another woman answers. then the question asker looks for a MAN to answer because he doesn't quite trust the woman. THAT makes me mental