BATH — There are still a few spaces in Patten Free Library’s new summer science program for girls. There will be two workshops for girls entering seventh and eighth grades over a two-week period in July.

Interested participants can sign up for one or both of two STEM-themed projects, both of which are offered free of charge to interested girls living within the library service area or attending an Regional School Unit 1 school.

The first project, RoboPots!, is made possible by a generous donation of materials from Gizmo Gardens, a Nobleboro-based organization that promotes gender-balanced education of students in grades 5 through 12 in the subjects of computer science, electronics, and robotics. It will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday, July 10 and 12, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn basic circuitry concepts to make a self-watering plant (and a beautiful clay pot).

The second project, the Girl-Powered Space Challenge, is made possible through grants from the Sunrise Rotary Club. It is offered on Tuesday and Thursday, July 17 and 19, also from 10 a.m. to noon.  Working in teams, participants will build, program, test, and evaluate robots to solve real-world problems relating to space exploration.

During the second workshop day of the space challenge, participants will be able to video chat with Diane Stees, a cryogenics engineer at the Kennedy Space Center. Stees has been a member of the Space Shuttle Launch Team for 25 years, was NASA’s liquid hydrogen system lead engineer and also the cryogenic propulsion console chief for the last six years of the Shuttle Program.

In 1986, Stees was the first female engineer in NASA’s Fluid Systems Division to occupy an office at the shuttle launch pads. She has received numerous awards and recognition over the years, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Space Shuttle Fleet Prime Launch Team Special Achievement Award, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the Silver Snoopy Award (NASA astronaut’s personal award given to the top 1 percent). She lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida, with husband Rick and children Dana and Evan.

To register or for more information, contact Roberta Jordan at [email protected], or 443-5141, Ext. 25. If registrations exceed capacity, the spots for each workshop will be chosen by lottery.

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