Local Girl Scouts selected for NASA workshop

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Girl Scouts Elise Voglewede, left, and Elizabeth Nestle, right, will participate in NASA’s astronomy club training. After the training, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana will get resources to start a club back home. COURTESY PHOTO

Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana is one of 10 councils in the country selected to be part of a week-long intensive space science workshop at NASA’s premier research facility, Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md.

“Reaching for the Stars – Girl Scout Astronomy Training” will be held June 24-29 and will include presentations by NASA scientists, hands-on activities, observations with a robotic telescope, lab tours and outdoor experiences.

After training, each council will establish an astronomy club in their home council. Teams will learn the logistics of starting and sustaining their club. Each team will receive up to $1,000 reimbursement for astronomy club-related purchases.

Teams are made up of two high school Girl Scouts, one Girl Scout volunteer and one amateur astronomer. Participants from GSNI-M are STEAM Program Coordinator Tami Nelson; Girl Scouts Elizabeth Nestle and Elise Voglewede; and volunteer Erin Nestle.

All participant expenses are covered through a grant from NASA and a partnership with the SETI Institute.