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Girl Scouts Are Speeding Into STEM


Girl Scouts of Nassau County Set to Host First Savannah Speedway Competition, Made Possible by Verizon Grant

Garden City, N.Y. (May 17, 2019) – Girl Scouts of Nassau County is thrilled to announce its first Savannah Speedway Championship scheduled to take place on June 8, 2019 at Division Avenue High School in Levittown. Savannah Speedway is a race of unpowered, miniature cars, designed by the girls.

“We are beyond excited to hold our first Savannah Speedway Championship, made possible thanks to a generous grant from Verizon,” said Randell M. Bynum, CEO of Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “Data collected from the Girl Scout Research Institute and other credible studies have confirmed, girls are keenly interested in STEM and excel at it, yet, often do not pursue such opportunities. This event has been a tremendous success, and by participating in this, the girls obtain real hands-on experience in engineering, physics, aerodynamics, carpentry and design, and much more. We already have girls preparing for next year!”

Hundreds of Girl Scouts from throughout Nassau County have created their own gravity-powered miniature wooden car for the preliminary rounds of the competition, taking into consideration the shape and weight of the material, friction, inertia and the slope of the track as they learn about turning potential energy into kinetic energy, while maximizing their car’s speed and distance. Approximately 350 semi-finalists, ranging from Daisies to Ambassadors, have participated in the preliminaries leading up to this final event.

The first-place semifinal winners from Daisy Girl Scouts through Ambassador Girl Scouts from fourteen participating Girl Scout service units across Nassau County will be cheered on by their families, Girl Scout troops and volunteers.  First place trophies will be award at each Girl Scout level and medals for an additional ten fun categories like “most patriotic” and “most bling” cars.  And, of course, all participants will receive the special inaugural Savannah Speedway Girl Scout patch.

Savannah Speedway has garnered amazing interest amongst Girl Scout troops with many of them already planning for next year’s competition.  Girl Scouts of Nassau County plans to offer volunteer led workshops and live webinar lessons for participants going forward.  This inaugural Savannah Speedway was made possible by a generous grant from Verizon. 

To learn more about Girl Scouts of Nassau County, visit www.gsnc.org/

We’re the Girl Scouts of Nassau County: We’re 23, 000 strong – more than 16,900 girls and 5,100 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™  from Nassau County to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout Troop, and every year since we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.  And with programs in Nassau County, across Long Island and throughout the United States and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.gsnc.org or contact Donna Rivera-Downey at 516 741-2550.

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