Spring 2020 Girl Scout Patch Days
This semesters theme is Electricity!
Brownie Day: Sunday, April 5th
This event has been canceled due to the recent COVID-19 developments. Please check back in September 2020 for details about our Fall 2020 Patch Days!
Jessica & Caroline, Girl Scout Co-Chairs
Meet the 2019-20 Girl Scout Co-Chairs!
My name is Caroline Muehlenkamp and I am a sophomore in Chemical Engineering. I was in Girl Scouts from first grade through my senior year in high school and am excited to stay involved in the organization! When the Wisconsin weather permits, I enjoy kayaking, biking, and when it doesn’t I read. In Madison, I look forward to getting the freshly baked bread at the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.
My name is Jessica Suderski and I love the welcoming and uplifting culture that is SWE. I am currently studying biomedical engineering, and I am continually astounded each day by how awesome the world of science is. Being the Girl Scout Co-Chair, I get to teach young girls about this amazing world through fun activities and crafts. I aim to make valuable discoveries in the medical field by utilizing the incredible knowledge of science and engineering that I provide to the girls at each event. I love teaching, and I also love learning (Oh, and I also love ice cream).
Fall 2019 Girl Scout Patch Days
Theme: Microbiomes and the Human Body
- Origami Lungs – This activity simulated how the lungs inflate. Each girl was given a few pieces of origami paper, and they performed numerous foldings until they could blow up the paper structure. They then were tasked to draw in the structures that account for oxygen transfer in the lungs; the alveoli and bronchi.
- Antibiotic Amazement – Our antibiotic activity simulated how microbes are targeted and destroyed in the human body. Each girl stepped into the “lab” and recieved a petri dish, food coloring, and oil to simulate the bacterial culture. They then used their antibiotic (soapy water) to burst the bacterial cells. The girls formed hypotheses on how many drops of soap would be required to burst the cell. They collected data and then reflected on their hypotheses. This taught the girls not only how antibiotics worked, but also about the scientific method and how it applies to experiments.
- Digestion Scavenger Hunt – The third activity was a system scavenger hunt. This activity had the girls find each organ of the digestive system and put it in order of the way the food traveled through their body. After each organ was found, the processes that occur to their food in each of the organs were explained.
- Bone Building – The scouts built a spine out of pipe cleaners and straw pieces. The straw pieces represented the vertebrae and the cartilage in between the vertebrae. With their spines built, each group modeled different spine defects that could occur and presented the scenarios that could have lead to that defect.
- Build-A-Brace – The girls were split up into teams and given a client card and a budget. Each client had a different injury that required a customized brace. The girls designed a brace, received approval from their “client”, and went to the market to buy supplies to build their brace. The activity had standards that changed during the design process as some materials were deemed no longer safe or other materials were added to the market. This helped teach the girls about design changes that would occur during a real project where situations might not always be ideal.