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Terracon: LIVE STEAM

Fri Nov 08, 5:30 PM - 9:15 PM CST
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Community Partner


Terracon and Science City are partnering on LIVE STEAM, an event that provides girls the opportunity to explore the world of STEAM through experiences focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Hands-on workshops and activity stations are presented by local educators, professionals and organizations focusing on how they live STEAM in both their professional and personal lives. This event is intended to support, encourage and inspire interest in STEAM careers among girls as they prepare for a lifetime of leadership in STEAM fields. Girls will select their top three choices of workshops.

Workshops include:

1) Robotics Soldering Project - This workshop requires focus and precision as you learn the basic skills and inner workings required when building a robot.

2) Be a Geologist! - Workshop participants will log rock core, fill out a field log sheet, and identify the rock while they learn drilling techniques and how to calculate Rock Quality Designation (RQDs).

3) The Air up There - Learn to set up and calibrate an air pump as you discover an understanding of the various threats to air quality in a work environment.

4) What Makes Drinking Water Safe? - Build a sand filtration system and test dirty water as you learn about the water treatment process your drinking water goes through.

5) Wind, Water, Fire and the Evolving Earth - Learn about Earth’s geologic history as you investigate natural phenomena that helped to shape how Earth’s formations came to be.

6) Exploring IT Careers - Develop a mobile app to track the creation and progress of projects as you learn about project management, design and development, and quality control.

7) The Art of Graphic Design - Put your creative problem solving skills to use as you walk through the logo design process and create a concept of your own.

8) Engineering a Roller Coaster - This workshop will have you saying “Weeeee!” as you design, build and test your rollercoaster so that your ‘passenger’ has a thrilling ride.

9) Plants and DNA! - Become a research scientist and see how DNA is used in the study of genetics as you determine your own question of interest from dissecting plants and extracting your own DNA!

10) How It’s Made - Get an inside look at Garmin watches as you disassemble and reassemble Garmin products while you learn about the hardware, software and mechanics of how the watches are created.

11) It’s Out of This World - Learn how astronomers study the composition and ages of distant stars by using spectroscopy and then view Jupiter and Saturn through a real telescope!

12) Designer Animals - Observe adaptations animals need to survive their environment before diving in to creating your very own designer animal that will have to adapt to a futuristic world.

13) Mechanical Engineering with Puppets- Come explore where art meets science as you follow the process of mechanical engineering to create your very own articulated puppet!

14) Where’s Your Green Thumb? - Get your hands dirty as you learn about seeds, soil, planting zones, and how to use your green thumb to care for flowers and vegetables you can have in your garden next spring!

15) Become a Water Biologist! - Find the scientist in you by conducting science experiments and analyzing data. Use professional-level equipment to determine the Water Quality Index number for the Missouri River.

Cost Per Girl: $8
Cost Per Adult: N/A 

Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to

Registration Deadline: November 1

Additional Information: 

· $5 per car for parking
· This is not a drop-off event, but parents and Troop Leaders will be encouraged to stay close in Science City and/or Union Station. Bring a book and grab a coffee!

Badge Connections: Depending on the workshop girls are placed in, some Juniors will earn steps towards Junior Designing Robots, Junior App Development, Junior Space Science Investigator, Junior Animal Habitats, Junior Flowers badge
Journey Connections: Junior Think Like an Engineer

About this Partner: Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,500 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states. The Terracon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Terracon, collaborates with organizations such as Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) to advance girls in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), building girls' confidence and competency, as well as teaching them the importance of STEAM in today's society.