Science fun

Fourth through eighth grade Girl Scouts study how Terror Lake Dam uses water to make electricity, at Kodiak College on Saturday.(Louis Garcia photo)

The Kodiak Women of Science and Technology Day held at Kodiak College on Saturday exposed girl scouts to the world of science.

The 55 girls, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, used water and wind to make electricity, and learned about Kodiak’s land mammals and about different muscles in the body.

Terry Gryting, the Girl Scouts’ science, technology, engineering and math program manager, said the day was about getting the girls excited about science.

“The point of today is to show girls the fun involved in science and show them what kinds of careers there are available and what they might be interested in doing growing up,” Gryting said. “According to Coalition for Science After School, 80 percent of future careers will demand a knowledge of science and technology.”

She also said it is important to show the girls women who work in science fields.

“If the girls have images in their mind that science is for boys, then they are going to be left out of these careers,” Gryting said. “Girl Scouts is very committed to encouraging girls in the fields of science.”

Caroline Reed, an 11-year-old Peterson Elementary student, learned a lot from the day of activities.

“I liked the water experiment we were just doing,” she said. “The more hydraulic head you have the more water pressure that comes out the bottom.”

Reed said she had fun and wants to study astronomy.

Shelly Lawson, education specialist for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, was one of the teachers for the day. She thinks the program is a good one for the kids.

“I think they get exposed to a lot of different careers and opportunities, and they have fun when they’re doing it,” Lawson said.

The Women of Science program is statewide, and this is the second time Kodiak has taken part. Of all the places it’s been, Gryting said Kodiak is one of the best for one reason: It’s full of science.

“I’m very impressed and amazed at how much science there is going on in Kodiak,” she said. “All of your marine studies and fisheries and Whale Fest, it’s just been a great treat.”

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