'New Horizons' operations manager Alice Bowman to kick off APL's annual 'Girl Power' expo

Event invites middle, high school girls to learn about STEM careers

Alice Bowman, mission operations manager for NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, will kick off an annual Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory event this weekend designed to bring together middle and high school girls to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Girls gather around dry ice and fog at APL's Girl Power Event

Image caption: Girl Power 2015 attendees explore a dry ice experiment. The event attracted nearly 500 participants.

Image credit: JHUAPL

Girl Power, celebrating its 10th year, will feature scientists and engineers from government and community organizations, including NASA, Northrop Grumman, and BioEYES. Attendees can learn about gardening on Mars, the Earth's climate, 3-D imaging, and STEM careers at the FBI and NSA. They will have the chance to work with engineers to make magnetic slime, circuits, and ultraviolet light bracelets. Workshops from the Women in Technology of Howard County Tech Council will cover 3-D printing, cybersecurity, nanotechnology, and other topics.

Bowman and several other APL scientists and engineers will be on hand to discuss New Horizons and other projects, and members of the APL Drama Club will portray historical women in science.

"For 10 years, Girl Power has been a great way to spark the interests of young women in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math," said Dwight Carr, APL's STEM program manager. "Introducing the next generation to an array of technical career possibilities is vital to our future."

Girl Power is a collaborative effort between APL, the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. Nearly 500 girls, along with their families, attended last year's program. The event will be held in APL's Kossiakoff Center at 11100 Johns Hopkins Road in Laurel, Maryland. Families and the public are welcome to attend. Directions to APL