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Join Girl Scouts of West Central Florida in a three-day long Virtual STEMapalooza April 7 - 9.

Virtual STEMapalooza is jam-packed with virtual STEM experiences, outdoor STEM experiments, and a Q&A with STEM professionals from Tech Data, our presenting sponsor.

All girls, regardless if they are currently a Girl Scout, are welcome and to participate earn the FREE 2020 STEMapalooza patch*!

To earn your patch, you must:

  • Be a girl in grades K-12
  • Participate in two activities each day (six activities total)
  • Complete the post-event survey 

*While supplies last. Girls in grades K-12 only. Patches will be mailed.

If you'd like to submit questions for the IT specialists at Tech Data, please email us by April 3. You can ask questions about all things IT, career, computers, and software engineering and the experts at Tech Data will answer!

Here's a sneak peek of what you can look forward to each day (we'll update with links on each day):

April 7

Participate in two of the activities listed below to qualify for your patch. Remember, you need to complete two activities each day, as well as completing the survey to earn your 2020 STEMapalooza patch. 

9 a.m. Future Scientist Story Time with South Florida Science Center- Check out the South Florida Science Center from your very own home for a virtual STEM story!   

10 a.m. Seaspan Facebook Live with The Florida Aquarium- Check-in with our friends at The Florida Aquarium live on Facebook! With a different broadcast every day, you’ll be sure to learn something new. 

1:30 p.m. Ink Chromatography Facebook Live with MOSI in Motion- Join our friends from MOSI in Motion live as they explore chromatography (seperating ink into the colors that make it up) and answer your questions! 

4 p.m. Reverse Turtle Patrol with Mote Marine Lab- Hang out with Cecil the terrapin turtle as he adventures all around Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium on Facebook Live!

Ice Cream Science with Glazer Children's Museum-  Join GCM Team Member Emily in making ice cream with only five ingredients you probably already have at home!

Human Sundial Experiment (self-directed)- Grab some chalk and head outside to track the movement of the sun throughout the day using your own shadow. 

Analyzing Rocks with Acid (self-directed)-Pop into your backyard or go on a walk and collect some rocks, then bring them home and conduct an experiment to discover what they’re made of!

April 8

Participate in two of the activities listed below to qualify for your patch. Remember, you need to complete two activities each day, as well as completing the survey to earn your 2020 STEMapalooza patch. 

10 a.m. Seaspan Facebook Live with The Florida Aquarium- Start your morning off with a check-in from our friends at The Florida Aquarium live on Facebook! With a different broadcast every day, you’ll be sure to learn something new. 

10:30 a.m. Live Shark Feeding Session with Mote Marine Lab- Watch as specialists train and feed the big sharks at Mote Marine Lab & Aquarium via Facebook Live. 

11:00 a.m. Shark Smart Zoom Experience with American Shark Conservancy- Learn about all things sharks, marine science, and conservation with the experts. Have specific questions you want covered? Email them to the American Shark Conservancy before the broadcast. 

11:30 a.m. Tech Data Q & A- Female IT experts from Tech Data answer  your questions about all things IT, career, computers, and software engineering and the experts at Tech Data will answer! If you'd like to submit questions for the IT specialists at Tech Data, please email us by April 3. 

1:30 p.m. Handwriting Analysis Facebook Live with MOSI in Motion- Join our friends from MOSI in Motion live as they use forensic techniques to analyze a handwritten note. They'll even answer your questions live during the broadcast! 

Citizen Science (self directed)- Scientists all over the world need help collecting data for large-scale studies, and it is our duty to help them! Choose from our list of Citizen Science projects or pick your own from PBS Kids and start collecting data. Heads up- if you’re a Girl Scout, this activity will get you started on your Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey! 

Native Plant Bingo (self directed)-Take a walk (with an adult, of course), and see how many native Florida plants you can mark off on your bingo sheet! Even if you don’t live in Florida, you may be surprised by how many Florida plants are in your neighborhood. 

April 9

Participate in two of the activities listed below to qualify for your patch. Remember, you need to complete two activities each day, as well as completing the survey to earn your 2020 STEMapalooza patch. 

10 a.m. Seaspan Facebook Live with The Florida Aquarium- Start your morning off with a check-in from our friends at The Florida Aquarium live on Facebook! With a different broadcast every day, you’ll be sure to learn something new. 

1:30  p.m. Fiber and Hair Analysis Facebook Live with MOSI in Motion- Join our friends from MOSI in Motion live on Facebook as they use forensic techniques to analyze fibers and hairs under the microscope. 

2 p.m. Science Shorts & DIY At Home Science Experiments with South Florida Science Center- Join the South Florida Science center for some fun science experiments you can do at home!

All About Atmospheric Pressure with Glazer Children's Museum- Watch as Team GCM Member, Essence, talks about atmospheric pressure while conducting an atmospheric pressure experiment in Rain or Shine in our Kidsport exhibit!

Bursting Bags Painting Experiment (self-directed)- Get your creative juices flowing with this STEAM experiment. Colorful explosions will help you create your own unique art pieces! 

Recycled Materials Evaporation Test (self-directed)- Use common items around your house to conduct a simple experiment to learn about evaporation, heat, and the energy from the sun. 

 

All done? Take this survey to let us know what you learned and to receive your patch in the mail. Please note: this survey won't be available until 4/9/2020 at 5 p.m. 


 Thank you to our sponsors! 

 Presented By:

Tech-Data-CMYK

Special Thanks To: 

Circuit Sponsor

Aerospace Center for Excellence
LEGOLAND Florida

Tinker Sponsor

Busch Gardens

Gadget Sponsor

Clearwater Marine Aquarium