Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas use Technology from Copart for Hands-On STEM Learning.
“The simple act of having the freedom and space to pull something apart and ‘tech dissect’ proves to be empowering in itself. The energy level rises, the questions emerge – they are no longer consumers of technology but begin to think about how it has been designed. The perceived barriers to STEM immediately begin to fall away.”
Lani Connolly, PhD, Director-Science and Engineering Education Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, who also serves as the facilitator for the
On Tuesday, July 19, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) grabbed their safety goggles, screw drivers and other tools and started tearing technology apart! Copart’s donation of computers, printers, monitors, and other electronics, valued at more than $14,000, was torn apart in a STEM clinic at the Girl Scout’s High School College Journey summer camp.
“I have taken smaller things apart at home before, but my parents would never let me try something like this. I’ve always wondered what makes these things work!”
The “tear apart” clinic allowed these girls to open up the electronics and take a look inside. Tearing apart technology is a great way for youth to learn how things are put together and what makes them work. They were able to disassemble and explore through different components such as the hard drive, motherboard, RAM and keyboard.
“I don’t know what I’m doing, but they said if I get it working, I can take it home. So, I am going to make it work!”
Nearly 100 girls from across Northeast Texas including Girl Scouts and students from Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School were introduced to career possibilities in engineering, science, math, computer science, technology and entrepreneurship through hands-on projects. GSNETX is trying to bridge the gap between STEM interest and future career paths.
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