Girl Scouts and Amateur Astronomers Team Up to Reach for the Stars!

Ten lucky amateur astronomers will spend a week at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center this month as a result of the “Girl Scouts: Reaching for the Stars” NASA grant! 

Amateur astronomers and Girl Scouts are getting the chance to go to Goddard for a weeklong intensive space science workshop. Ten teams, each consisting of two high school Girl Scouts, one GS adult volunteer and one amateur astronomer from the same region, will spend the week participating in hands-on activities, observations with robotic telescopes, presentations by NASA scientists, lab tours, and outdoor observing experiences. The goal of this workshop is to prepare these Girl Scout council teams to establish enduring astronomy clubs back home.

As you may have heard, the Girl Scouts USA are releasing new space science badges this August for girls in grades K-6 and in August of 2019 for girls in middle school and high school: six badges in all.  If you are interested in learning more about the new badges or how to encourage girls with their astronomy interest, you can visit our new Night Sky Network page featuring these special resources at
girls scouts talking to an amateur astronomer next to a telescope
Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Northern California

You can find resources on our new page to help make your outreach more inclusive, how to sign your club up for a training workshop, and tips and techniques for working with girls - including links to additional articles and video resources. 

The ten participants heading to Goddard are listed below, along with the Girl Scout Council they will be working with:
  • Ann Laurie Wells (Rio Rancho Astronomical Society) with the New Mexico Trails Girl Scouts
  • Dawn Munroe Davies  (Austin Astronomical Society) with the  Central Texas Council
  • Eileen Pamela Bross Grzybowski (Norman North Astronomy Club) with the Western Oklahoma Council
  • Jessica Evelyn Cagnolatti with the Eastern Oklahoma Council
  • Johann Lopez-Incandela (Northeast Florida Astronomical Society) with the Gateway Council
  • Julio Enrique De Jesus Aponte from the Caribe Girl Scout Council 
  • Kelsey Yocum with the Oregon and Southwest Washington Council
  • Krista Murnane Testin with the Spirit of Nebraska Council
  • Paul Leonard Yost (Spokane Astronomical Society) with the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho council.
  • Tamara Joyce Nelson with the Northern Indiana-Michiana Girl Scout Council

We wish them the best of luck and hope for a fantastic workshop experience at Goddard. Have fun checking out the cool instruments, learning from NASA scientists and creating lasting astronomy collaborations. Congratulations astronomers!

Last Updated: June 22, 2018
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