‘Girl Power’ Expo

If you missed the annual Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory’s Girl Power event this past month, don’t fret. Every year the Applied Physics Laboratory event, designed to inspire middle and high school girls to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math, brings scientists and engineers from government and community organizations to work with students on projects like gardening on Mars, the Earth’s climate, 3-D imaging and STEM careers.

This year’s Girl Power was kicked off by APL’s Alice Bowman, mission operations manager for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and allowed students to interact with 30 hands-on activities that included soda straw rockets and magnetic slime circuits.


Girl Power 2015 attendees explored a dry ice experiment. Credit: APL

“For 10 years, Girl Power has been a great way to spark the interests of young women in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Dwight Carr, APL’s STEM program manager. “Introducing the next generation to an array of technical career possibilities is vital to our future.”

APL’s outreach efforts date back to 1976. Today, there are many other programs like a computer programming class, the Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program, NASA education outreach programs (for kids, for teens), the ASPIRE high school mentoring program and APL’s College Prep Program to get students involved in the next generation of technical careers.

This year, Girl Power celebrated its 10th year with scientists and engineers from NASA, Northrop Grumman and BioEYES. Thanks to the collaborative effort of APL, the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable, each year hundreds of girls and their family members can learn about the many wonders and opportunities in the scientific world. What’s even better… admission is free and no registration is required. So if you missed it this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s big event.


Source: John Hopkins APL