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You are invited to the Great Adventure Lab’s Girls Get Science evening event from 6:00-8:00 pm on Saturday, March 23rd, at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, Maryland. Note: you are encouraged to arrive no later than 5:45 pm to check in.

 Ask us about discounts for groups of ten or more.

This event features a choice of hands-on science workshops for girls grades 2-5. Workshop choices will include Lego Robotics, Mindstorms Robotics.


Video Game Programming and Young Engineers have sold out as of 3-23. You may still enroll for Lego Robotics or Mindstorms. 

All workshops will be led by our enthusiastic and talented instructors. 

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 and have a chance to meet with our panelists in break-out rooms to learn more about what these women do for a living!

Here's a slideshow of a past GGS event.

Our amazing guest speakers for the evening are:


Florence Tan, Electrical Engineer on NASA's Mars Rover team.
Celebrating the landing of the Mars Rover. Ms. Tan is second from right. (Note: another past GGS speaker, Pamela Conrad, is third from right!)

Ms. Tan is the lead electrical engineer on the Sampe Analysis at Mars (SAM) team. SAM is the laboratory inside the Mars Rover, Curiosity - the one that landed on the red planet last August! When Curiosity collects rock samples form the Martian surface, SAM analyzes those samples for any signs of microbial life. 

Ms. Tan is a graduate of the University of Maryland and has worked on variuos missions for NASA for more than two decades. She was born in a Malaysian fishing village. These days when she's not communing with her instruments in outer space, you can find hr leading impromptu yoga sessions for her NASA colleagues, or studying "The Joy of Lex" for winning Scrabble words. She's the mother of two daughters; one at Richard Montgomery High School and one at Phillips Exeter Academy. Ms. Tan spoke at our first Girls Get Science event in spring of 2011 - we're pleased to have her back!


Dr. Betsy Pugel


Dr. Pugel is both a Physicist and Electrical engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.  She is a recipient of the Women in Aerospace's Achievement Award for her work on the thermal-protection system on NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle. Orion represents the next generation of human space exploration and missions to an asteroid, the moon and even Mars are envisioned in the near future.
Dr. Pugel shows her dedication to her work in her willingness to ransack a Smithsonian’s warehouse in quest of a piece of heat shielding from an 1960’s Apollo spacecraft.  Upon finding what she was looking for, Dr.Pugel said,  “My jaw dropped. It was a piece that gave us direct insight into how they did it back in the ’60s. Seeing the real thing, in three dimensions, in color, goes beyond any documentation that we have.”

Dr. Pugel spoke at our Takoma Park event last year. We are pleased to have her back!


Dr. Marguerite Toscano, Smithsonian

Dr. Marguerite Toscano’s work combines fossils, coral reefs and mangroves!  The Great Adventure Lab is proud to have two women scientists from the Smithsonian present at our Girls Get Science event!  

When Dr. Toscano is not studying the mystery of volcanic rock in Belize, you can find her at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.  Dr. Toscano is currently looking at tidal time series to understand the effects of climate warming and a rise in sea levels on coastal ecosystems.  She has a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida, a MS Coastal & Quaternary Geology from the University of Delaware. 


Monica Smith, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation,
Ms. Smith is the Exhibition Program Manager at the Lemelson Center and the Project Director for "Places of Invention" at the National American History Museum.  While not a scientist per se, Ms. Smith research work focuses on the history of science and innovation and has much to say on how spark an child’s interest in innovation.  You can view her on the Smithsonian Channel’s show: Electrified: The Guitar Revolution at  She has a B.A. in History from Pomona College where she studied U.S. history of technology and invention, including invention and development of the electric guitar, relationship among invention, creativity, and play, and the inventive process.




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 $30 per parent/daughter pair and $15.00 for each additional participant.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Montgomery Housing Partnership to help fund their after school and summer science programs. MHP is a non-profit organization that develops and manages several low-income housing developments throughout the county.  

 To keep ticket prices down and help raise money for MHP, our Girls Get Science events include a silent auction of science-themed items.

When you register, we’ll ask you which two mini- workshops your daughter would like to attend. We are offering four choices: LEGO Robotics, Mindstorms, Video Game Programming and Young Engineers.

The Great Adventure Lab, formerly known as Adventures with Robots, offers 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 four parents of elementary-age children plus a stay-at-home dad of a new baby boy! 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. We welcome all feedback, because it makes us better at what we do.

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!!

 Note: if you would like to purchase a ticket for one parent and two daughters, first purchase the ticket for one parent and one daughter - then click on the Add-On button at the top of this page to purchase a $15 ticket for the additional girl. 

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The Great Adventure Lab, formerly known as Adventures with Robots. Same company. Same management. New name to fit our growing curriculum!

Registration questions:

(240) 442-1855
twitter: @awrobots


Jewish Community Center
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD
United States