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What a Powerful Day!

Girl Power 2019 was an amazing success! Thank you to all who made our fifth annual STEM career day such an informative and inspirational event!
 
More than 150 girls in grades 3- 8 had the opportunity to meet 113 STEM professionals, and:
  • visit 24 unique activity tables
  • participate in eight hands-on workshops
  • hear from eight STEM professionals in the panel discussion
  • be inspired by one awesome keynote speaker

What is Girl Power?

For the past five years, we have hosted this exciting day of exploration for girls. This extraordinary event offers young ladies in grades 3 - 8 the opportunity to meet women in the STEM fields and learn more about available careers in STEM fields.

Attendees hear from an inspiring keynote speaker, experience a question and answer session with a panel of STEM professionals, watch a special EXTREME demonstration from Imagination Station, participate in hands-on activities prepared by STEM professionals and explore the science center.

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2019 Keynote SpeakerGirl Power Keynote Speaker webpage photo

Keynote speaker, Ashlie Flegel was sensational! We hope you were inspired by her journey to working for NASA, and left Girl Power knowing that you can be anything you want to be if you focus on your strengths, work hard and take advantage of unique opportunities!

Ms. Flegel is the Advanced Aircraft Engine Icing Technical Lead in the Icing Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo (2007) and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University (2013).

Ms. Flegel has eleven years of experience in
the Turbomachinery field. In her current role, she is focused on understanding the ice crystal icing phenomenon in turbofan engines that is simulated in the NASA Propulsion Systems Laboratory.

Panel and Workshop Participants

A special thank you to our panel participants for building excitement for the wide variety of available STEM careers and sharing their experiences: 
  • Sara Floyd, Principal Analytical Instrumentation Specialist, Owens-Illinois
  • Ellyn Fritz, Meteorologist, WTOL
  • Ronna Hampton, Software Engineer, ProMedica
  • Maanasa Mendu, Student Inventor
  • Lee Ann Tyrell, Field Engineer, Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • Adrienne Taylor, Chemical Process Department Manager, SSOE
  • Christina Nguyen, Architect, The Collaborative
  • Jessica Hyde, Landscape Architect, The Collaborative
Thanks to the following organizations for hosting a workshop and opportunities for deeper engagement and exposure to science concepts: 
  • Champion Laboratories
  • Eaton
  • Lathrop
  • Maanasa Mendu
  • Sisters in the Brotherhood
  • Carpenters Local 351
  • SMIN Power Group
  • Toledo Academy of Pharmacy
  • The University of Toledo

Learning Activities

Dozens of opportunities for hands-on learning were provided by the following organizations. Thank you for making Girl Power so much fun!

  • Alpha Zeta Omega, University of Toledo
  • BGSU Biology Grad. Student Association
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Columbia Gas of Ohio
  • Dana, Inc.
  • Directions Credit Union
  • Greater Toledo LEGO Club
  • IBEW Local 8 Women's Committee
  • Lathrop
  • Lourdes University
  • Madhouse
  • NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Notre Dame Academy Makers' Club
  • Owens-Illinois
  • Pilkington
  • ProMedica
  • Spoke
  • The Andersons, Inc.
  • The Collaborative
  • Toledo Academy of Pharmacy
  • Toledo Area Sanitary District
  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library
  • Toledo Metroparks

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Questions?

We are here to help. If you have a question about Girl Power, or want to partner with us for Girl Power 2020, contact us at 419.244.2674. 

From Girl Power Participants:

 

"All the STEM women were strong and confident and they all liked their jobs."

"I liked meeting them. They were amazing, smart and kind."

"I learned today that a woman can be anything in the world."