Rosman, NC (September 13, 2010) – PARI is hosting its first SciGirls event Tuesday, September 28, on the PARI campus. SciGirls is a national effort sponsored by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) to engage girls in science.
PARI will be hosting a SciGirls event from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month during the school year. Participation is free and all girls ages 9-14 are eligible. Program details, specific hours and registration details can be found on the PARI web site, www.pari.edu.
“SciGirls is a groundbreaking new attempt to interest girls in science with fun, hands-on activities,” said Christi Whitworth, PARI education director. “PBS has developed a series of TV programs and an interactive website designed to transform the way girls look at science, technology, engineering and math. Each month we will feature a program that ties in to the national effort. Our first session will be tracking light pollution through the Great Worldwide Star Count.”
Whitworth and PARI co-worker Ann Daves travelled to Philadelphia last summer for SciGirls training. They will be coordinating the programs at PARI. Area teachers and parents are being asked to encourage girls who may be interested. The SciGirls web site is www.scigirls.org.
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the PARI campus is a dark sky location for astronomy and was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities. Today, the 200 acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research. The institute is a member of the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, a partner in NC OPT-ED and is affiliated with the 16-campus University of North Carolina system through PARSEC, a UNC Center hosted at PARI. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit www.pari.edu.
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