Girls Rockit Into the Future: A Science Festival for Girls on March 31

Submitted by abnaz on March 14, 2012 - 11:29am

Girls Inc. will hold its 6th annual science event, Girls Rockit Into the Future: A Science Festival for Girls on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rackspace Hosting, located at 5000 Walzem. The event, whose biggest sponsor is Rackspace, is free and open to girls and boys of all ages.

NOWCastSA will be helping youngsters from Girls Inc produce video and livestream the event from mobile phones. You can watch and participate online.

Other sponsors include Boeing, Time Warner Cable, Valero Energy, Tesoro, H-E-B, Frost Bank and Texas Public Radio. Magic 105.3 FM will be providing music and entertainment. Top Dog of KONO 101.1 FM will be visiting with Science Festival goers at 12 p.m.

Organizers are expecting the event to draw 3,000 participants, double the number that attended last year.

Read the NOWCastSA story from last year’s event.

“It’s an empowerment opportunity for kids and girls to learn about science and engineering and programs going on within these industries,” said Anais Biera Miracle, Communications Director for Girls Inc of San Antonio. “This is a great opportunity for girls and especially for kids of color to become exposed to resources that they may not able to be exposed to within their daily lives.”

USAA will host four different interactive workshops, including a Mentos and Diet Coke interaction. Girls Inc. Ambassador Adriana Velazquez took this video of the Mentos demonstration in 2011 with a Flip camera. It is her very first YouTube video:

Kids and families will be able to take a tour of the VIA Compressed Natural Gas bus at the festival. The San Antonio Astronomical Association, The Children’s Museum, Trinity Women in Science and Technology (TWIST), the University of Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy Fraternity, KLRN, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, and many other organizations will also offer learning opportunities.

Photos Courtesy of Girls Inc.