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Paper: Big Explosions and Strong Gravity: NASA/Girl Scout Project Searching for Nationwide Partners
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 204
Authors: Eyermann, S.E.; Hornschemeier, A.; Krishnamurthi, A.; Feaga, L.
Abstract: We are looking for national partners for our Big Explosions and Strong Gravity (BESG) Girl Scout collaboration. This is an activity designed to put real astronomers in the classroom, and was originally set into motion using money from the Chandra X-ray Observatory EPO program. The girls who participate in this event range from 11 to 17 years old. Although all the activities are gender-neutral, we have chosen girls due to their underrepresentation in science. We target this age range due to the general decline in interest in math and science that occurs at or after children reach this critical age (meaning that we reach them early enough to have a positive effect).
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