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Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts' STEM Expo Transportation YOU Event Recap

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Alison Love, STV Inc.

 

WTS-Boston’s Transportation YOU outreach program is in full swing for the year. As part of a program aimed at introducing girls ages 13-18 to the wonderful world of transportation, the Outreach committee attends local science fairs to work with students from all over the Greater Boston area. On Sunday, March 12, three volunteers helped WTS exhibit at the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ annual STEM Expo at the Sheraton Framingham. Heather Moulton and Ali Love, STV Incorporated, and Leslie Stahl, U.S.DOT/Volpe Center, worked with the 6th-12th grade students in attendance to create unusual flying machines. The “Not Your Typical Airplane” activity was a fun way for the girls to practice following directions, testing their designs, and then using creativity to try to improve on their base designs. Although the paper airplanes and helicopters may not have taught the girls too much about real world aviation careers, it was an early step in encouraging them to stay excited about the challenge and introduced the idea of various transportation fields. Overall, the afternoon was a lot of fun for the Girl Scouts and WTS volunteers alike. And who knows, maybe one of those girls will be the next big name in aviation!

 

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