- CU Girls in Engineering: Water Wonders
Journey Target: This activity would help the Girl Scouts earn their SAVE Water award, which feeds into the Team Up to Advocate for Water Session 4.
Summary of Activity: Girl Scouts will learn about the water cycle and how water is wasted every day. They will learn the difference between potable and non-potable water. Girls will calculate the amount of used water that a family generates in one day and use a model of home plumbing to determine how much of that water is graywater. Armed with this knowledge, scouts are challenged to find ways to reduce water use within the home.
Engineering Connection: Engineers design ways for people to use resources more efficiently, including water. They design systems for drinking water and wastewater and help communities get, treat, and dispose of used water. Civil and environmental engineers decide on which water source we should use and then design the pipes and canals to get the water to our homes. Environmental and chemical engineers design the treatment plants to make sure water is safe to drink. Engineers are also concerned about better using existing water to make sure we have enough water for future generations (water conservation). To help households use less water, engineers have come up with solutions such as low-flow fixtures. Engineers also investigate ways to improve the water efficiency in homes, such as using treated graywater to flush toilets. They design the treatment systems to remove contaminants in graywater so it is safe for public use.
- Computer Experts
Step-by-Step, learn how to navigate the Internet safely. Bookmark your favorite websites. Discover the Girl Scout links to fun and games. Finally, talk to someone who uses a computer for work.
- Home Scientist
By paying careful attention during experiments, scientists learn new things—even if they’ve done the test before. That means you don’t have to grow up to be a scientist. You’re a scientist every time you do an experiment! In this badge, find out where science has been hiding in your own home.
- CU Girls in Engineering: Get Moving
Journey Target: This activity would help the Girl Scouts earn their INVESTIGATE award, which feeds into the Investigating Building Session 4.
- CU Girls in Engineering: The Air We Breathe
Journey Target: This activity will help the Girl Scouts earn their AWARE award, which feeds into Get AWARE Session 4.
Summary of Activity:Students learn about electricity and air pollution while building devices to measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by attaching sensors to prototyping circuit boards. In the second part of the activity, students learn how engineers measure the impact of various indoor air pollutants using the devices they made.
Engineering Connection: Environmental engineers measure air pollution and work with scientists to determine the sources, magnitude, and health effects of various pollutants. Most air quality measurement devices are expensive and/or immobile. Engineers work to create less expensive, smaller (portable) and more reliable monitoring devices
- CU Girls in Engineering: Life in a Day of a CU Student
Journey Target: This activity would help the Girls Scouts earn their Dream Maker award. It feeds into the Fashion Some Passion Session 5.
Big Idea: Girl Scouts will get the opportunity to explore their roots of their College Dreams. As many students approach the end of their High School years, many of them have started filling out applications to various college that they will like to attend. Here at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Girls will get a chance to explore the campus and get a feel of how it would be like once they reach their College Dreams.
Summary of Activity: Giving the Girl Scouts a set of riddles and a GPS Unit, they will be exploring CU campus to locate the various buildings that matches the riddle. Upon the Girl Scouts arrival to the destinations, they will be given some facts about the building along with the next riddle to find their next location.