OLATHE, Kan. – Terracon Consultants, Inc., and Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri (GSKSMO) partnered to present the first LIVE STEAM event at Union Station’s Science City in Kansas City, Mo. More than 200 local fourth and fifth grade Girl Scouts participated in this unique educational experience.
The event encouraged girls to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through hands-on workshops and activity stations presented by local educators, professionals, and organizations with a focus on how they live STEAM in their professional and personal lives.
“Terracon is excited to partner with GSKSMO to support, encourage, and inspire interest in STEAM careers among girls as they prepare for a lifetime of leadership in STEAM fields,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon president and CEO. More than 40 employee-owners from Terracon’s offices in Olathe and Lenexa, Kan., volunteered for the event.
“Girl Scouts is committed to adding 2.5 million girls to the STEM pipeline by 2025. With the help of STEM leaders like Terracon, this pledge can become a reality,” said Joy Wheeler, GSKSMO CEO.
“Science City is thrilled to host the inaugural LIVE STEAM event for area Girl Scouts presented by Terracon Consultants,” said LeAnn Smith, Director of STEM Programming and Outreach for Science City. ”We know the importance and value of providing young people, especially girls, the opportunity to experience a wide variety of science-based activities that engage their minds, expand their horizons and open the future to infinite possibilities.”
Girl Scouts is the largest organization for girls in the world. Its mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through its four program focus areas: STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math combined with experiences in the arts); Entrepreneurship, Outdoor Experiences, and Civic Engagement, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering development of leadership skills and self-esteem.
Internationally awarded for “Visitor Experience” by ASTC and regionally voted “Favorite Family Friendly Attraction” by Visit KC Visitors Choice Awards, Science City powered by Burns & McDonnell is named one of the country’s TOP 25 science centers. Union Station Members enjoy Science City visits free of charge. To learn more, please visit SCIENCECITY.COM.
Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s 2019 list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit terracon.com.