22 October 2009

SciGirls turn knowledge into practice with MagLab rain garden

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This summer, more than 30 middle and high-school girls spent two weeks learning about the far reaching effects of water pollution and environmental degradation as part of SciGirls, a summer camp jointly organized by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and WFSU-TV.

Now, armed with scientific knowledge, a growing sense of community activism and a grant from the Think About Personal Pollution (TAPP) program, SciGirls past and present will gather at the Magnet Lab on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to plant a rain garden on Mag Lab grounds.

Rain gardens are a great way to help slow water runoff from buildings and roads. They act as filters to reduce the amount of pollutants seeping into our natural waterways. The rain garden at the Mag Lab will be located between the building and the natural pond at the back of the property.

Now in its fifth year offering the camps, the SciGirls team is working to extend the SciGirls experience to include additional activities that will bring all previous campers together to engage in meaningful community-based projects.

"This is just the first project of what we hope will be many more opportunities to help the girls remain connected with one another and participate in meaningful science related projects," said Kristen Molyneaux, a graduate research assistant and SciGirls teacher who is heading up the project. "We view these opportunities as an important component of the SciGirls experience."

For additional information on this project and other SciGirls activities, visit the SciGirls Tallahassee blog. For more information about rain gardens, visit the TAPP Web site.