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WE ARE SOLD OUT!!!!!! Pease look for our next Girls Get Science event

in Spring 2018!


You are invited to the Great Adventure Lab’s

Girls Get Science evening event

5:30-8:00 pm on Saturday, October 7th, 2017

at Garrett Park Elementary School, Maryland.

Please join us. It is absolutely inspiring to see girls laughing and having fun while learning about science and engineering from women scientists and engineers, in an all-girls environment!

This event features a speaker panel, a chance to meet the speakers and a choice of hands-on science workshops for girls grades K-8th. Workshop choices will include  Lego Engineers, Lego Robotics, Video Game Programming, Mindstorms, 3D Design and Young Engineers. In addition, from 5-5:30 we will have hands-on demos available for parents and daughters to try and pizza for sale for those of you who missed dinner!

SCROLL DOWN to see speaker bios!

All workshops will be led by our enthusiastic and talented instructors. You can see their bios here!

Event format. While girls in grades K-8 are participating in hands-on activities, our panel of women scientists and engineers will speak with parents about the experience of being a girl or young woman pursuing a career in science or engineering. 
After the panel, the girls will rejoin their parents and have a chance to meet with our panelists to learn more about what these women do for a living!

Here's a slideshow of a past GGS event.


Our speakers



Dr. Anais Bardyn is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.  For her PhD, Dr. Bardyn used data collected by instruments on the Rosetta spacecraft to study the organic matter in particles from a comet.  The Rosetta Spacecraft made a ten-year journey around our solar system, using the gravitational force of Earth and Mars to slingshot it to its final destination, the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.

These days, Dr. Bardyn is analyzing extraterrestrial particles from clean Antarctic air in the South Pole station. She’ll compare those with the comet particles to see if any of the South Pole air might have originated from a comet.  

 When not working, she likes to bake cakes, travel, read and garden.

B.S. Chemistry, University Paris-Est Créteil

M.S. Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of Paris-Est Créteil

M.S. Chemistry and Physics of the Atmosphere, University of Paris-Est CréteilPh.D. Astrochemistry/Astrobiology, University of Paris-Est



Michelle Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins is Chief of the Severe, Fire, Public, and Winter Weather Services Branch at the National Weather Service department of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She provides programmatic leadership for the nation’s severe, public, and winter weather services, as well as weather-support response services for wildland fires in support of NWS land management partners. Dr. Hawkins also works with health partners such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance our understanding of weather-related impacts on human health.

Dr. Hawkins moved to Washington D.C. from Chicago to major in chemistry at Howard University.  As an undergraduate, she participated in NASA sponsored program focused on terrestrial and extraterrestrial atmospheres. Dr. Hawkins had always been fascinated by Chicago’s severe storms and winter weather and the NASA program solidified her trajectory into meteorology. “I feel like a kid in a candy store here in the National Weather Service,” Dr. Hawkins explains. “There is always an exciting science problem to solve and as someone who has always loved weather, this is the place you want to be.

B.S. Chemistry, Howard University


Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, Howard University



Adelaide Tan

As a first-year Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, Ms. Tan is studying computational materials science - how tweaking the atoms and molecules that make up a material can dramatically change that material! For instance, which atoms do you need to add to an alloy to make it stronger? Lighter? More flexible? At UMD, Ms. atom is part of a group researching lithium-ion batteries. How do those work? Ask her!

Ms. Tan grew up right here in the DC area. She attended Montgomery County Public Schools including Pine Crest ES, Eastern MS and Richard Montgomery HS, where she completed the International Baccalaureate program.

When she’s not hard at work, she likes to spend time outside running, Orienteering and most of all, playing ultimate frisbee. She also loves to cook and eat lots of food.

B.S., Cornell University


Ph.D. University of Maryland (in progress)



Why are we holding a girls-only science event? 

Studies have shown that as early as second grade, many girls are deciding that math is not for them, which certainly doesn’t bode well for their views on engineering and the sciences!  We hope that by reaching out to girls and their parents through events like these, we can help convince girls in our community that science is for everyone.  


Registration for this event is $35 per parent/daughter pair and $15.00 for each additional participant ($10 extra for additional parent).

 Sign up for 10 or more - and each parent-daughter pair pays just $25.

Mini-workshop choices: 

Lego Engineers and Young Engineers
Lego Engineers and Video Game Programming Jr.

Lego Robotics and Young Engineers
Lego Robotics and Video Game Programming 

Video Game Programming and 3D Design
Video Game Programming and Lego Mindstorms Robotics

Note: you are encouraged to arrive no later than 5:45 pm to check in.

The Great Adventure Lab proudly sponsors Girls Get Science events as part of our ongoing mission to get more children, especially girls, excited about science and engineering at an early age.

We offer after-school enrichment classes and summer camps in LEGO robotics, engineering, computer animation, electronics, crime science … and more! We've taught more than 4,000 kids to write their first programs since we first started serving the DC area in fall of 2010. We currently offer classes in Montgomery, Prince George's and Howard Counties in Maryland; the District; and Fairfax County in VA. If we're not already at your school, invite us!

We support our communities by donating money back to our PTA partners offering at-cost classes to residents of low-income housing projects managed by Montgomery Housing Partnership. We were founded in fall 2010 by a Silver Spring mother of two young children. We have the smartest, most fun instructors in metro DC, and possibly the world!

Our management team is made up of six parents of children ages 3 to 18! We are genuinely passionate about inspiring the next generation to explore science and engineering before someone else convinces them these fields are 'boring.' We believe in FUN first, learning through hands-on activities for every kid, every time, SMALL class sizes, enthusiastic instructors, informative notes home after EACH class; and excellent customer service, whether you are a kid, a parent, or an after-school activity coordinator. We put people before profits. 

For more information about our classes, camps or birthday parties, or to see bios of our instructors, please visit our website at You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube under the name The Great Adventure Lab or @awrobots.
We look forward to seeing you at Girls Get Science!!


Need help with registration?

Questions about the event itself?  Contact our Events Director, Laura Wilhelm, at


The Great Adventure Lab

Registration questions:

(240) 442-1855
twitter: @awrobots


Garrett Park Elementary School
4810 Oxford St
Garrett Park, MD
United States