Girl Scouts ‘Power Up’ With Westar Energy
WICHITA – Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland is proud to partner with Westar Energy for the first installment of “Power Up with Westar,” a hands-on workshop designed to engage girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Girl Scouts in grades 4-12 will be attending the sold-out “Power Up with Westar” event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Westar Energy’s Service Center, 1900 E. Central in Wichita. Girl Scouts’ G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) power meets electric power as girls will learn how electricity powers up their community and what it takes to keep the lights on. They’ll also learn about wind and solar power, along with natural resources, powering communities. The event will include the opportunity for girls to blast off soda rockets, meet female STEM professionals, and ask the professionals questions about their career paths.
“The Westar Energy ‘Power Up’ event is a great way to get girls thinking about STEM careers at an early age,” said Helen Wimsatt, director of distribution operation systems for Westar Energy and a member of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s board of directors. “We believe that these hands-on activities, coupled with the mentorship of our Westar employees, will inspire the girls to discover how much fun a STEM career can be.”
“Thanks to community partners like Westar Energy contributing their resources, time and talents, girls can discover their potential in fields they may not otherwise be aware of,” said Liz Workman, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “Meeting with female professionals during ‘Power Up with Westar’ can ignite girls’ career interests and help them visualize what they can achieve in STEM, a key program area for Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.”