52 girls from Girl Scout Troops from Kansas participated in the annual Girl Tech event at Kansas Wesleyan University. The even is sponsored by Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland and Kansas Wesleyan University and designed to encourage girls to enter STEM fields.
Dorothy Hanna, professor of chemistry at Kansas Wesleyan University taught girls how to synthesize cupcakes. They weren’t real cupcakes, but were made from foam which resulted from mixing chemicals inside cupcake paper. They topped the hardened pastel colored but inedible cupcakes with birthday candles, and took them home in bags at the end of Hanna’s Everyday Magic session.
“We stirred it really good like cake batter, and then we waited for it to rise,” said Sara Herbel, 11, a fifth-grader.
“It’s very critical that at that young age we’re starting to work with students — girls and boys, of course too — to make sure that they’re developing those skills, developing that confidence to make sure they’re not hesitant to pursue a STEM career later on down the line,” said Julie Schott, youth leadership and community developer for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.