PARI offers high-tech fashion program for girls ages 9-14 on April 26
Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a SciGirls program featuring “High Tech Fashion” at PARI Tuesday, April 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The program is part of the monthly SciGirls series at PARI and is affiliated with the national effort to engage girls in science sponsored by Twin Cities Public Television.
“The April SciGirls program will feature technology applications in fashion design,” said Christi Whitworth, PARI education director. “We will learn about conductive and insulating materials, then challenge the girls to design a clothing or fashion décor item that incorporates an LED and battery assembly. The project will emphasize fun, and by the end of the session each girl should have a working prototype of her creation. As with all our SciGirls programs, we’ll be exploring a different facet of science and forging 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, http://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 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 http://www.pari.edu
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