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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 15th, at Beverly Farms Elementary School, Potomac, 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 K-7. Workshop choices will include Lego Engineers, Lego Robotics, Mindstorms Robotics, Video Game Programming and Young Engineers.

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

While girls in grades K-7 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 include:

Sabrina Thompson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Ms. Thompson works with a team of safety experts to keep the brilliant minds at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center safe and protected in the workplace by identifying potential hazards and creating solutions to mitigate them. Throughout her career, she has remained passionate about innovation, space exploration and having a positive impact on society. She encourages the next generation to pursue their dreams or passion and refuse to settle for less than they are capable of achieving, just as many of those around her wouldn’t let her settle. “They pushed me to limits I thought I could never cross and I am forever thankful,” she said. Ms. Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York, and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Sanetra Bailey NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

During the week, computer engineer Sanetra Bailey writes programs for robotic satellites. On weekends, she coaches high school students on making LEGO robots for national competitions–and her team just came in first at Nationals.

"I design, build and test data processing field-programmable gate array hardware for various missions. The FPGA has a sea-of-gates design, similar to a box full of LEGOS of different sizes and shapes, which I use to build reconfigurable digital circuits. I use a hardware description language, VHDL, to interconnect the different components.

Right now I’m working on the Restore mission, which will design and build a satellite capable of remotely surveying, repairing, refueling, relocating and replacing other satellites in space. Restore will be a satellite with several cameras each of which will take pictures of whatever satellite we need to service. I am programming the FPGA to process the images of the client satellite that will be received by Restore via lasers. The pictures will allow Restore to get as close as possible to the client satellite. We hope to launch in 2018.

A neat thing about Restore is that it will be a “smart satellite” capable of locating client satellites by itself. This advanced robotic mission will save the U.S. billions of dollars."




Why are we holding a girls-only science event? 

 Studies have shown that as early as second grade, many girls are deciding that matis 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.

Please choose two classes when you register.  We are offering classes based on grade level: Lego Engineers (grades K-1), LEGO Robotics (grades 2-3), Mindstorms (grades 4-7), Video Game Programming (Grades 4-7),  and Young Engineers is open to all grades, but girls will be divided up by grade.


The Great Adventure Lab 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!!


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This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government. 


The Great Adventure Lab

Registration questions:

(240) 442-1855
twitter: @awrobots


Beverly Farms Elementary School
8501 Postoak Road
Potomac, MD
United States