Our plan is to encourage girls to explore the universe! We started the year with the movie Hidden Figures-- inspiring students and families to reach for the stars. Now we are bringing space to our campus!
For Halloween, we created a challenge that mixed our love for science and spooky festivities. What is one way to throw a pumpkin without using your hands? A catapult! We challenged CPA students to create a pumpkin catapult and see which catapult can throw the pumpkin the farthest.
The winning prizes are: 1st place - Knotts Berry Farm tickets (with two friends); 2nd place - Movie tickets; 3rd place - Free Dress day and a special lunch.
We started off by making a presentation to explain the challenge, this presentation contained a video that showed how to create a catapult.The next step was to show this presentation to the students around our school. (Presentation) After doing so, many people signed up for the challenge!
While building the catapult we faced many challenges in the design process such as the catapult not being the right angle for the Pumpkin (Orange) to be launched in the air.
The trip to Knotts was fun we all were able to experience something that we all have not experienced before.The day there was super fun we went on a lot of roller coaster possibly like 6 or 5.
This year we hit the ground running. No forget that. We didn't hit the ground we took off like a rocket.
We already had our first STEM themed workshop last night on October 6th and we had over 140 students, families, and friends in attendance! That is more people than we reached all of last year combined!
How did we do it? You must be wondering.
Well we took a page from the women of Girls Build LA and hosted a movie screening. Since we had such a blast at last year's screening of Hidden Figures with Pharrell :) the choice of which movie to showcase women in STEM was clear.
Sam started the evening by saying "Hidden Figures is a movie everyone should see." From there the girls talked about the inspiring story of courage in the face of racism and sexism and how these women blasted rockets and stereotypes out of one of the most segregated states in the US.
Check out the kids and families attending. It was a wonderful fun night and just a spectacular way to get our name out to the community and show them what we are all about. What we really believe in.
The night was so successful we even had boys BEGGING to join GoSTEM. One even planned to sneak in wearing a wig and a dress (you know because it always works in movies).
We told him not to worry and to put his lipstick away. We're having events twice a month where we will teach him and the rest of the kids on campus and people in our community cool STEM projects.
Our team has been discussing many different ways we could involve the community in our final project. We decided the most important thing to our group is encouraging an interest in STEM learning.
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