Techbridge’s five Girls Go Techbridge programs-in-a-box are a convenient, easy-to-use method of introducing girls to science and engineering. While engaging with the Engineering Design Process girls learn about circuitry, soldering, potential and kinetic energy and much more. Each program-in-a-box includes a series of hands-on activities, information on careers and role models, a leader guide, and a take-home resource sheet for families.
Programs in a Box
Make it Green
Girls will learn how to make the world a better place. Girls learn about green design and in the process develop science and engineering skills. They construct their dream studio from start to finish – from brainstorming an idea, to creating a floor plan, to building with green materials. Girls will begin this unit by doing different activities that stress human impact on the environment and the current strategies people implement to reduce this impact. Through construction and planning, girls explore and reflect on their energy usage in their home and consider ways in which they can change their habits to lessen their environmental impact. They decorate their designs with recycled and green materials.
This unit combines girls’ love of play and creativity with the engineering design process. What can you make with a skewer, a paper clip, a Dixie cup, and push pins? With limited materials and time constraints girls are challenged to design and construct various structures and products. To get the creative process started, girls study and dissect toys they are familiar with. They work together in teams to brainstorm ideas, sketch their idea, and prototype their toy. Girls also have a chance to name their toy and make a marketing plan. Through this team process, girls are inspired to create a product that gives them a sense of pride and insight into engineering.
Power It Up! Circuitry and Soldering
Girls learn about the basic concepts behind electricity and unmask the truth about how electronic components work in a circuit. They learn electronics and circuitry through a series of hands-on investigations. They begin with exploration of snap circuits, learn about basic electronic components and build different kinds of circuits while learning the skill of soldering. Once they have mastered this new skill they can apply it to the design and construction of a variety of fun and unique toys and games. In some of the projects, girls can create a tilt lantern and their own electric game board. Rounding out this unit, girls learn how to solder and put their skills to action, making a project that they can take home.
Engineers to the Rescue
Survival skills meet science as girls survive their troop’s (make-believe) camping trip in Yellowstone National Park. Although scientists didn’t predict it, there was an earthquake, which shook the troop’s tents for two minutes, broke the water pumps, and disrupted the generators in the park. To make matters worse, all cell phones are dead and the girls can’t call for help. The worst part is that the troop’s animal-proof food box fell down a ravine. As a troop, the girls must develop a wind-powered crank to lift their food box, create a water filter to clean water for drinking, build a shelter to withstand any aftershocks, and design a car prototype that will make it over the terrain to deliver their message to potential rescuers.
Welcome to the crazy carnival of your own creation. Many of the products and places that girls come into contact with every day have moving parts. This unit uses a fun, exciting place – an amusement park – as a basis for understanding simple machines and how they relate to things we use every day. The ThrillBuilders program-in-a-box introduces girls to simple machines. Girls will explore simple machines all around them as they build a merry-go-round, a bean-bag toss, and a roller coaster car. Levers, pulleys, screws and gears abound as they engineer the ultimate playground.
If you would like to check out one of these bins for your next troop meetings, or bring Techbridge programming to your school, please contact the STEM Specialist, Lisa McClure at STEM@gscm.org.