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"What's New with the National Science Partnership & Girl Scouts"
Edith Macy Conference Center, August 22-24, 2006

The National Science Partnership program, which began as the "Girl Scout Leader Training Project" in 1988 and became a nationwide collaboration with GSUSA in 1992, has maintained its momentum due to the interest of a core group of dedicated Girl Scout staff and volunteers who have aided in the development and continued facilitation of NSP.

This group was present for the "What's New with NSP?" conference at the Edith Macy Conference Center on August 22-24, 2006. The Franklin Institute and Girl Scouts of the USA hosted the conference attended by nearly 50 staff and volunteers from 40 Girl Scout councils nationwide. We made new friends and kept some of the old ones who were on hand to reconnect with the NSP program.

The group modeled an enduring Girl Scout spirit as we completed a loaded schedule of back-to-back training and discussion sessions in just 2.5 days. Our project team was rejuvenated by their interest in the overall life of the project—where NSP has been, where it is, and where it's going. Participants offered invaluable feedback that has been taken into consideration as we continue to revise four of the original seven kits that will be available soon for a whole new generation of Girl Scout leaders to enjoy.

Our sincere thanks to all of the participants for making the conference a resounding success.

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3-2-1-Blastoff! In this photo, participants from the "What's New with NSP?" conference at Edith Macy in August 2006 smile broadly after building and launching rockets as part of the Space Explorer kit.

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Our group had the good fortune to gather in The Great Hall (1926) at the Edith Macy Conference Center for a pinning ceremony. Each participant received a pin to commemorate her participation in our training course.

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Edith Macy Conference
Learn by doing and have loads of fun like the participants in the two pictures above who are experimenting with Bernoulli's principle during the Science Sampler activity "Funnel Fun."

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants 0436249, MDR #8751820, and MDR #91-55285. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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