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Girls Ages 9-14 Invited To SciGirls Program About Time Keeping – Transylvania County NC


SciGirls emerge from PARI's StarLab Planetarium during a past program. StarLab will be used again at the April 28 program to learn about how astronomy is used for time keeping. Co-hosted by PARI and the Transylvania County 4-H, SciGirls is a national program designed to help interest girls in science with fun, hands-on activities. All girls ages 9-14 are welcome; prior participation is not required.

Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a SciGirls program Tuesday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). Co-hosted by PARI and the Transylvania County 4-H, this month's activity is "Time Flies," a look at how astronomy is used for time keeping.

"Astronomy helps us mark time: from the hours in the day to the days in a month and year," said PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth. "This month our SciGirls will learn how we use the night sky for time keeping. We will explore the sky markers for keeping time in the StarLab Planetarium and learn how we can make our own tools for marking time."

All of our SciGirls activities are designed to emphasize learning about science with fun activities, so we encourage all girls between the ages of 9 and 14 to join us. Prior participation is not required."

The monthly SciGirls programs are co-hosted by PARI and Transylvania County 4-H, and affiliated with the national effort sponsored by Twin Cities Public Television to change the way girls think about science.

SciGirls events are typically scheduled each month during the school year. The participation fee is $10 per student. Program details, specific hours and registration details can be found on the PARI website, Participants can register at Area teachers and parents are asked to encourage girls who may be interested. The national SciGirls website is girls.

About PARI

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, the PARI campus was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities. Today, the 200-acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research.

About Transylvania

County 4-H

4-H is the youth development program of our nation's Cooperative Extension System based at each of our Land Grant Universities. For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching youth about science, engineering, and technology.

Open to young people from five to 18 years old, 4-H programs help develop leadership, citizenship and life skills. Locally, 4-H'ers are learning about science, horses, cooking, gardening, farming, leadership, action planning, public speaking and livestock judging. To find out more about 4-H opportunities, contact 4-H Agent Mary Arnaudin at [email protected] or call the Extension Center at (828) 884-3109.


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