Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Peconic Bay Connects with Girl Scouts

Instead of taking a holiday on Columbus Day, October 8, 30 Girl Scouts from the Mastic/Shirley and Shoreham/Wading River service units came to Brookhaven National Laboratory to explore the nano world, where things are measured between 1-100 nanometers (1 nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter). At the nanoscale, materials behave in different and unexpected ways, which may lead to novel applications in energy, medicine, consumer products, etc.

The girls did hands-on activities under the theme "Nanotechnology - Tiny Things Bring Big Change," offered by the Lab's Office of Educational Programs; they toured the Center for Functional Nanomaterials; and they met and talked with two women scientists at the nanocenter. The highlight of their day was the nano-sized Girl Scout logo revealed by an atomic force microscope.

Peconic Bay Zonta was pleased to co-sponsor the day with Brookhaven Women in Science. We look forward to a notice of the event in "Happenings," a newsletter published by Girl Scouts of Suffolk County.

Enjoy these photos by Roger Stoutenburgh, photographer at Brookhaven Lab.


Eric Szvoboda said...

These are some great activities to help young girls learn good principles. I am glad that there is something like this for girls as well as boys. I think it is a wonderful place for them to learn!

RMNeilson said...

Zonta Club of Peconic Bay hit the nail on its head by planning and executing this round of the Zonta Science Camp District-wide initiative. By partnering with Girl Scouts and in collaboration with Brookhaven Women in Science they have garnered the attention of the District as a whole by taking leadership on implementing Zonta District 3's Zonta Girl Scouts Science Camp project directive. Kudos to all of the mighty mighty Peconic bay Zonta club members, and Girl Scout participants for showing true leadership! - Roxanne Neilson Zonta District 3/Area 1 Director