From California, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Texas … Girl Scouts invaded Boston and its surrounds – on a mission - educational summer travel – or “Destinations” as they call it. MMA hosted the 2013 New England Destination. Girls and Chaperones lived on campus in 5th Company dorms … with water views, using MMA as home-base.
In an attempt to continue a blossoming relationship begun last year at the Girl Scout STEM Expo in Framingham, Dr. Elizabeth Stevenson, VP of Enrollment Management, enlisted the help of three of MMA’s finest to create a memorable encore. Dr. Lori-Ann Noble and Dr. Laurie Norman, both Asst. Professors of Science and Mathematics and contributors to the 2012 GSEM STEM Exposition included Dr. Heather Schrum, Assistant Professor of Marine Safety & Environmental Protection, to design and plan the 2013 expedition on Spectacle Island.
Schrum, the newest addition to this ladies-of-science mentoring group, was inspired to become an oceanographer after participating in a research cruise to Antarctica. “We designed a scavenger hunt that would allow the thirty-two girl scouts to evaluate the plant life of the island. This activity required the scouts to hike the island while taking part in discovery science, making observations and using specific techniques for identifying native and non-native plant species.” Schrum recalled.
“We were all very excited to continue working with the Girl Scouts, attempting to engage talented young girls in pursing science as a career,“ Dr. Norman said. “Dr. Schrum and I spent the day scouting Spectacle Island and decided the place was more suited to finding and identifying terrestrial life rather than marine life. The Scouts, many who were visiting our area for the first time, seemed delighted with this adventure,” she continued.
Notes Dr. Stevenson, “With over 2.3 million girls members, the Girl Scouts and MMA’s mission line up in perfect parallel. Building girls of courage, confidence and character is a top priority for both groups and creates a life-long destination – whether your path is by land or by sea.”