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You are invited to the Great Adventure Lab’s

Girls Get Science evening event

5:30-8:00 pm on Saturday, November 14th, at Parkland Middle School,

Rockville, Maryland.


which includes three tickets for low-income girls.

If you would also like to donate tickets for low-income girls,

please contact us at email below.

We have limited tickets available for low-income girls. Please email with proof of FARMS eligibility. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please join us. It is absolutely inspiring to see girls laughing and having fun while learning about science and engineering from women scientists and engineers, in an all-girls environment!

This event features a speaker panel, a chance to meet the speakers and a choice of hands-on science workshops for girls grades K-8. Workshop choices will include Lego Engineers, Lego Robotics, Video Game Programming, Mindstorms and Young Engineers.

SCROLL DOWN to see speaker bios!

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

Event format. While girls in grades K-8 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 to learn more about what these women do for a living!

Here's a slideshow of a past GGS event.


Our speakers


Florence Tan, Electrical Engineer, NASA

NASA engineers and scientists celebrate the successful landing of the Mars Rover, CuriosityFlorence Tan (second from right) is the lead electrical engineer on the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) team. SAM is the laboratory inside the Mars Rover, Curiosity. When Curiosity collects rock samples from 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 various 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 her leading impromptu yoga sessions for her NASA colleagues, or studying "The Joy of Lex" for winning Scrabble words. Ms. Tan spoke at our first Girls Get Science event in spring of 2011 - we're pleased to have her back!

Dr. Jamie Elsila, Astrochemist, NASADr. Jamie Elsila, NASA will speak at The Great Adventure Lab's next Girls Get Science event, Sat. Nov. 14, 2015, at Parkland Middle School in Rockville, Md.

Dr. Jamie Elsila is an Astrochemist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She searches for the building blocks of life in the universe!  She is currently working on the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security--Regolith Explorer),  that will travel to the Bennu (RQ36) asteroid and bring back samples to Earth. These samples will help NASA investigate planet formation and the origin of life, and the data collected at the asteroid will also aid our understanding of asteroids that can impact Earth. Bennu has a 1-in-1,800 chance of impacting Earth in the year 2182!

Dr. Elsila has B.A. from Kalamazoo College and a PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University.  In between college and graduate school, she spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania.

Dr. Huda Asfour, Biomedical Engineer, GW

Huda Asfour of GWU is speaking at The Great Adventure Lab's Girls Get Science event

Dr. Huda Asfour specializes in cardiac electrophysiology as a postdoctoral scientist at George Washington University. Born in Lebanon in 1982, she has lived in Syria, Tunisia, Gaza, Ramallah and Egypt before moving to the U.S. to attend GW. Maybe you heard Dr. Asfour on her recent interview with WAMU. During the interview, she talks about growing up as a musician who happened to be good at math and science. When she told her math teacher of her intention to earn her living playing music, "He sort of flipped out," Asfour told WAMU, laughing. "Then he made it his mission to convince me to actually try engineering."

Dr. Asfour is still an active musician - who is fascinated with the electrophyiscs of the heart. Here is a link to her song, "Mars." 


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 $35 per parent/daughter pair and $15.00 for each additional participant ($10 extra for additional parent).

 Sign up for 10 or more - and each parent-daughter pair pays just $25.

Please choose two mini workshops when you register.  We are offering workshops based on grade level: Lego Engineers (grades K-1), LEGO Robotics (grades 2-4), Mindstorms (4-5, 6-8), Video Game Programming (Grades 3-5, 6-8),  and Young Engineers grades (K-1 and 2-3.) 

Note: you are encouraged to arrive no later than 5:45 pm to check in.

The Great Adventure Lab proudly sponsors Girls Get Science events as part of our ongoing mission to get more children, especially girls, excited about science and engineering at an early age.

We offer 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 six parents of children ages 3 to 18! 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. 

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!!

Need help with registration?

Questions about the event itself?  Contact our Events Director, Laura Wilhelm, at


The Great Adventure Lab

Registration questions:

(240) 442-1855
twitter: @awrobots


Parkland Middle School
4610 W. Frankfort
Rockville, MD
United States