EOL's Kate Young demonstrates the launching of a radiosonde for a group of girl scouts who visited the Mesa Lab on October 1.
The event, organized by Christine Johnson (ASP) and Jadwiga Richter (formerly in ASP and now at CU-Boulder), drew about 50 girls in the 8-14 age range, mostly from Denver. The girls spent the day with several female scientists, engaging in a series of hands-on activities to make their own scientific discoveries about the atmosphere.
They also learned about potential careers in science. "Female scientists are extremely important as role models in promoting science to girls," Christine explains. "In a world where many girls believe that science is boring, I was excited to hear that one girl said she discovered that, 'it's really fun.'"