“Let’s Fly to the Air!”

Subbed and Written by Bori Kim

On the windy spring day, I had a wonderful opportunity to sub for Ms. Brittany’s class at YWLCS and to meet with Ms. Karen Staten, the guest scientist for YWLCS girls. Ms. Staten is a Paralegal Specialist at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at Great Lakes Region.

She had a beautiful presentation displayed before the girls came in. When the girls were all set to have our Sisters4Science session, Ms. Staten asked them, “Tell me one thing like about your school.” The girls were very hesitant to respond. “I don’t know about your school. You need to tell me,” again asked Ms. Staten. One girl said, “I like math class” and “I don’t, but I like music,” another girl followed.

Pilot License

Pilot License

Once everyone was in class, Ms. Staten introduced what FAA is and this governmental organization does. “Every pilot, who navigates the flight on the air, needs a pilot license. They must have it in order to be a pilot,” said Ms. Staten as she showed us an image of the pilot license. She went over what kinds of work the FAA does, such as an air traffic controlling, aircraft engineering, and even spaceship training with NASA. These were big job to do and even so many opportunities for the girls to work in science field! Ms. Staten gave us a task that has a little glimpse of what air engineers do. Calculation. She had two math story problems with equations we could use for us to solve. It was about figuring out the lengths of each wing and its weight.

"Do you have people out there search Malaysia Flight?"

“Do you have people out there search Malaysia Flight?”

After we went over the engineering field, we took a journey to meet, not in person though, African American female pilot and astronaut. Ms. Bessie Coleman and Dr. Mae Jemison. Ms. Bessie Coleman went through so many struggles in her life before she became the first African-American pilot. Of course, there were a lot of obstacles and barriers. Like men who would not want women, especially the young ladylike Ms. Bessie to be a pilot at all. Ms. Bessie, however, made her dream come true. Female pilot as the first African-American! Her life, not just as a pilot, but whole, encouraged all of us not to give in even if we face struggles and have hard times. Another lady we met was Dr. Mae Jemison who flew to outer space. She was a medical doctor, business-person, and even a dancer! Such a fabulous woman! The girls were very curious if she would dance outside of the earth. Ms. Staten smiled and showed us a video. Yes, Dr. J did dance inside the spaceship as she was floating around! We watched another video that taught us how our body would move outer space and what kind of exercise we need to make our body stable outer space. The girls had fun trying to do a strange exercise!

As closing, Ms. Staten gave each girl a folder with valuable information inside. She introduced the Summer Camp that all youth girls can participate. Other good programs and job descriptions as well. I encouraged the girls to find the internships that meet their needs and shared a bit of my internship experience at NASA in Hampton, Virginia. “Every internship you do counts towards your unpredictable life and they make your life fabulous although you do not know where your experience would lead you,” I said.


In the World of S4S Calumet…Aero Experts!!

This week the lovely ladies of S4S Calumet traded in their bridge engineering hats for aerospace engineering ones!

The girls zoned in on air resistance and how it affects the construction of airplanes and helicopters. They learned how a helicopter must be built to combat the great force of gravity!

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They then took their learning session to the next level by cutting out paper helicopters, and manipulating them through folding, cutting and the addition of paper clips to determine the best way to make the helicopter fly and hit the ground at a slower rate.

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We also talked about college, what they are looking forward to when they go, and why it is important to wait a while for certain life events.

Each girl earned the Discover Investigation badge for the week for their ability to understand and form hypothesis around the construction of aerospace materials.

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In the World of S4S Calumet…Little Engineers!!

Last week, the lovely ladies of S4S Calumet put on their thinking caps and became little engineers. The girls learned about different kinds of bridges, such as a Truss bridge. They also learned “bridge engineer” jargon, as well as definitions and where it would be used in the construction of a bridge. Words such as deck, beam, truss, load, live load, and dead load.

The girls then broke up into two groups and brainstormed for about five minutes on ways to construct their straw bridge so that it would securely hold a cup with at least 25 paper clips.

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After building for about 15 minutes, we measured the length and width of each bridge, and began our cup and paper clip testing.

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The first bridge only held five paper clips before the cup tipped over, and the winning bridge held a whopping 26 paper clips before falling over!

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All of the girls successfully earned the Discovering Communication badge for their constant questions, input and correlations!

Stay tuned for more in the world of S4S Calumet!

Slime Time

By Brienne

Welcome to the world of the S4S Perspectives Calumet Girls!

At Perspectives Calumet, we are busy divulging in the world of Physics and learning how things are made. The S4S girls also did the project utilizing only marshmallows, dry spaghetti and a piece of ribbon. It was an ooey gooey good time, even though everyone wasn’t successful in getting theirs to stand. Of those who did, the highest height was 14” and it didn’t move an inch when we all took turns blowing on it! In addition to diving into the physics of the activity, we also took a deep look into the science and makeup of a marshmallow, and why it was able to act as a glue or mortar for their spaghetti structures! The girls journaled and I then shared some research about it, and they were amazed by the science of it all! I took forever to get all the marshmallow off of the table, but the girls walked away with a great new experience and more knowledge!