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Girl Scouts Make Waves at UNCW MarineQuest Events

It’s more than just another day at the beach!  This spring, Girl Scouts will take a deep dive into our aquatic environment at one of four MarineQuest events held in partnership with UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. 

Girls will have fun as they learn about the variety of careers involved in marine science, examine sands from around North America, and discover how to get fresh water from sea water.  Each event will include a variety of hands-on activities, lab experiments, and an afternoon of field exploration with MarineQuest staff. 

“Girl Scouts is pleased to partner with UNCW and the Center for Marine Science to offer girls this amazing opportunity to learn about our coast while also exploring the leadership possibilities that exist for them in marine science and beyond,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines.

As one of its main program initiatives, Girl Scouts provides opportunities for girls to enhance their exposure to and deepen their engagement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.   Research suggest that despite girls’ interest in STEM fields of study, women are underrepresented in STEM fields for various social and cultural reasons.

According to Girl Scouts Research Institute’s 2013 report, Generation STEM: What girls say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of study.  Conversely, girls express they do not know a lot about STEM careers and the opportunities afforded by these fields, with 60 percent of STEM-interested girls acknowledging that they know more about other careers than they do about STEM careers.  

For the second year, our MarineQuest events were made possible with support from Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) initiative. 

“We’ve had tremendous success in our Connect a Million Minds initiative to bring STEM awareness to young people through strategic partnerships like the Girl Scouts,” said Joe DiMelis, area vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable. “MarineQuest programs are a great way to continue to build on the momentum of CAMM to inspire the next generation of problem solvers and connect them to fun, interactive STEM opportunities.”