Photos by Bill Birkemeier, In the Lens Photography
Posted May 27, 2016
Recently, I worked with a group of women to plan and conduct the Outer Banks Coastal STEAM Day. We planned a day-long event for Girl Scouts in northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia focusing on STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Our vision for this marine-related event had women scientists and educators sharing their knowledge, expertise and career paths with Cadettes (middle school) and Seniors (high school) on a Saturday in May.
On the steering committee, I was joined by colleagues from the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Field Research Facility (FRF) in Duck, and the University of North Carolina’s Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), as well as some local community members.
This inaugural coastal STEAM event featured presenters from UNC CSI, FRF, Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island and Jennette’s Pier. The scientists and educators discussed energy and wind turbines, native plants and wildlife, bioacoustics, plankton, research on local dolphin populations, and coastal research using lasers and drones.
GSCCC has emailed an evaluation to all attendees. The steering committee is anxious to hear the thoughts of those who participated. We’re ready to begin planning the 2017 Girl Scouts and Coastal STEAM event! We’re hoping to draw more girls next year.