Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a PARI SciGirls program called “Blowin’ in the Wind: Wind Energy Engineering for Work” Tuesday, October 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The program will be hosted at a new location, the Transylvania County 4-H office at 98 East Morgan Street in Brevard. The event is part of PARI’s monthly SciGirls series and is affiliated with a national effort to engage girls in science sponsored by Twin Cities Public Television.
“The October SciGirls program will explore ways to harness wind power for energy,” said Christi Whitworth, PARI education director. “The girls will design and build a windmill using simple lightweight materials to complete a task challenge. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to the national SciGirls web site by sharing the details of their projects. As with all our SciGirls programs, we’ll emphasize fun ways to explore a different facet of science and forge connections to that field for pursuits beyond the regular monthly program.”
PARI hosts a SciGirls event the last Tuesday of each month. The participation fee is $10 per student 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. Area teachers and parents are asked to encourage girls who may be interested. The national SciGirls web site is http://pbskids.org/scigirls.
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 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.