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Lasell College and Science Club for Girls Sponsor Teambuilding, Leadership Forum July 26, 2009

Posted by Connie Chow in Events.
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40 girls, from kindergarten through seventh grade, arrived on Lasell’s campus to participate in a day of carefully planned activities that were designed to excite their curiosity about the possibilities of science, math, and technology as well as to enhance their leadership skills and self-confidence.

The Teambuilding/Leadership Forum was created through a partnership between Lasell and Science Club for Girls (SCFG), which was founded in 1994 to promote gender equity in the sciences in a fun, nurturing, and interactive environment.

The keynote was delivered by Dr. Esther Pearson, Lasell’s very own professor of Mathematics. She spoke about opening doors that can lead to a career in science. “Start early and don’t shy away from mathematics,” she urged. “Be willing to work in teams and be a leader.”

Morning activities were planned and led by Lasell students who came from such diverse majors as Education, Allied Health, and the sciences and their enthusiasm was catching. After lunch, the girls performed skits that related to what they had learned as well as on how to be a good friend and a leader.

“It was wonderful how all the pieces of this giant puzzle came together and to see how fully the SCFG girls responded to the well-planned activities,” says Sharyn Lowenstein, director of the Center for Community-Based Learning. “I heard that as the parents drove their daughters home there was non-stop chatter about all the events and that one third grader exclaimed, ‘I was really surprised that I could be in college at such a young age.’”

Reprinted from Lasell College alumni newsletter, Leaves, Spring 2009 issue, p.22.

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