Girl Scouts Earn Merit Badges at University's Girl Scout Day

Girl Scouts Earn Merit Badges at University's Girl Scout Day
Matisse Molden and Kinza Jamal play with polymers they created during last year's Girl Scout Day hosted by the university's College of Engineering.

Close to 150 junior girl scouts from the Girl Scouts?Spanish Trails Council are expected to take part in Girl Scout Day at Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The scouts will go through six workstations while earning their ?Making It Matter? badge and learning engineering fundamentals.

?Engineering is a great career for girls to pursue. An engineer uses her math and science skills coupled with creativity and imagination to solve problems,? says Barbara Hacker, professor of chemical & materials engineering and the campus director of Girl Scout Day. ?We want to help girls realize that engineering is fun and they can do it.?

Sponsored by Aramark, Fluor Corp. and Lockhead Martin in association with the university?s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, Girl Scout Day would not be possible without the volunteer efforts of numerous community members, students, faculty and staff.

Workstations to be visited during the day include: Computer Aided Design and Take Apart; Bridge Building; Making (Electrical) Connections; Making Things Move; Making a Polymer; and Engineers in Action.

For more than a decade the College of Engineering has hosted a similar program, Merit Badge Day, during which Boy Scouts from across Southern California come to campus. Both community programs are designed to introduce young people to a potential profession.