Girl Scouts from all over the Commonwealth were experimenting, investigating and questioning scientific theory with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council, who held an all-day conference on careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for middle and high school Scouts.
More than 150 middle and high school Scouts attended the Changing the World Through STEM: Teen Career Expo on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts believes that meeting women immersed in the STEM disciplines and providing a variety of opportunities for exposure to STEM careers will increase interest and awareness among girls about STEM and encourage them to pursue higher education and careers in these fields.
All Scouts participated in three workshops. At lunch, they watched a cooking demonstration and presentation by 17-year-old Chloe Rosen of Concord.
The conference kicked off with a keynote speech by Erika Ebbel Angle, who holds a PH.D in Biochemistry, and was Miss Massachusetts in 2004. At age 11, she became interested in isolating natural antiviral products from an herb. She continued to pursue the interest for the next seven years, winning multiple state, national and international science fair competitions.
In 2002, she founded Science from Scientists, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote student interest in STEM. Angle is CEO of that company and Counterpoint Health Solutions, a biotechnology start-up aimed at discovering unique early prevention, disease progression and therapeutic biomarkers in diseases like Huntington Disease.
The Science from Scientists booth was one of the more popular ones at the trase show at the EXPO. More than two dozens booth engaged Scouts at the EXPO.
A half-dozen Girl Scouts from Framingham participated in the conference.