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You and your daughter are invited to The Great Adventure Lab’s Girls Get Science evening event from 6:00-8:00 pm on Sunday, September 30th at Grace Episcopal School, located at 9411 Connecticut Avenue in Kensington, MD.

This event features a choice of hands-on science workshops for girls grades 2-6 including robotics, electronics, engineering and video game programming. All workshops will be led by The Great Adventure Lab instructors.

Event format

While girls in grades 2-6 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. Parent-daughter pairs will then meet with our panelists in break-out rooms to learn more about what these women do for a living. Our panelists bring great props and presentations At our last event, a NASA physicist passed around a heat shield tile from a rocket.

Please contact us if you are interested in bringing a 7th


Our guest speakers for the evening are:

Pamela "Pan" Conrad, Astrobiologist, NASA.

Dr. Conrad studies rocks on other planets for signs of former life! She is the deputy principal investigator for the new science lab that just landed on Mars thanks to its 'ride' the Curiosity rover! The lab, called SAM (aka "Sample Analysis at Mars.") is beaming new information to us from the red planet. Dr. Conrad loves to bring props to show and is really looking forward to sharing SAM's findings with the girls. Notably, Dr. Conrad also sports a pair of hand-painted sneakers with an image of the Curiousity Rover.

She was a big hit at our first ever GGS event last year. As a geologist, Dr. Conrad has voyaged to some of the most extreme climates on earth, including Antarctica. In addition to speaking at conferences all over the world, Dr. Conrad, an avid scuba diver, appeared in Aliens of the Deep, by James Cameron, director of Titanic. She has a Master's in Philosophy and Geology and a PhD in Geochemistry and Mineralogy. Oh. And she's a former opera singer and television producer.


Michelle Evans, Forensic Chemist, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Michelle Evans, forensic chemist, speaks Sept. 30 at Girls Get Science, sponsored by The Great Adventure Lab

Michelle Evans, forensic chemist BATF. Reprinted with permission from The Washington Post.[/caption]  

Dr. Evans has an explosive job. As a forensic chemist, she studies the aftermath of car bombs, mailbox bombs, which helps investigators figure out who planted and designed them. She recently wrote a brief description of her chosen career for The Washington Post. We've reprinted this photo with permission from the newspaper She has a BS in Biological Sciences, and MS in Microbial Ecology and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering.     


Elisabeth Smela, University of Maryland nanotechnologist.

Elisabeth Smela, nanotechnologist, is speaking Sept. 30, 2012 at the Girls Get Science event sponsored by The Great Adventure Lab.

Dr. Smela creates new technologies that combine inorganic materials (silicon chips, optical fibers, etc.) with organic materials (polymers, cells, etc.) at the micro-scale. In other words, she makes really small machines with living parts! One of her current projects is a “nose on a chip” that will be able to detect smells and repair itself. Dr. Smela also works for the University of Maryland's branch of Engineers Without Borders.

As part of the group, she's traveled to many places including Burkina Faso in West Africa, where she helped evaluate the feasibility of installing solar-powered lighting in schools. Dr. Smela has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering
and a B.S. In Physics.    


Why Focus on Girls?

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. You can read more about girls and Girls Get Science and see photos from our last event .... here.  


Registration for this event

is $30 per parent/daughter pair and $12.50 for an additional girl.

All proceeds will be donated to the after school science programs at Montgomery Housing Partnership low-income housing developments.

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Choice of workshops

When you register, we’ll ask you which two mini- workshops you’d like your daughter/s to attend. We are offering four choices: LEGO Robotics, Crime Science, Electronics and Video Game Programming with Scratch, the programming language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We will do our very best to give you your first choices.


**Photography Policy

We will be photographing the event. We reserve the right to use those photos in our promotional materials. However, we do not identify girls by name or school. If you have concerns about this policy, please identify yourself and your daughter at check-in. Thanks for your attention!


This event is a benefit

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Montgomery Housing Partnership to help fund their after school activities programs. MHP is a non-profit organization that develops and manages several low-income housing developments throughout the county. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to MHP, pls contact them directly through their website,


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What is The Great Adventure Lab?

The Great Adventure Lab, formerly known as Adventures with Robots, offers science and engineering enrichment classes to elementary school students throughout the metro DC area. This fall, we are expanding to Columbia, Md.

Our mission: to get more kids excited about science, engineering and programming at an early age. We teach LEGO robotics, engineering, computer animation, electronics, crime science … and more! through classes, events, camps and birthday parties.

We especially want to give girls an opportunity to enjoy these classes at an early age, so they'll know first-hand how fun science and engineering can be by the time their girlfriends get the feeling, as so many girls do, that maybe science is "too hard" or "not for girls."

The GrAd Lab was 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!  

Classes, camps, parties

For more information about our classes, camps, birthday parties and other events; or to see bios of our instructors and more pictures from our classes, please visit our website at

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube under the name “awrobots.”


We look forward to seeing you at Girls Get Science!!


The Great Adventure Lab, formerly known as Adventures with Robots

Registration questions:

(240) 442-1855
twitter: @awrobots


Grace Episcopal School, Silver Spring campus
9411 Connecticut Avenue
Kensington, MD
United States