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Girl Scouts Facility Breaks Ground on STEM Lab

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The Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways broke ground Wednesday morning on a new state-of-the-art solar lab at the Amahami Adventure Center.

According to GSNYPENN, Girl Scouting gives girls the opportunity to explore progressive, girl-led STEM activities without any prior experience necessary. The Center supports girls as leaders in science, technology, engineering and math fields in an environmentally friendly way, and will serve as a resource for the Greater Binghamton-Southern Tier region.

According to JoAnne Morak, development director for GSNYPENN Pathways, Girl Scouts is really involved now in STEM and trying to support young girls getting more involved in STEM at an earlier age.

The solar lab building will include a water bottle-filling station, science lab tables and screens to display solar energy in real-time, as well as historically, and behind-the-scenes so the girls can see how the energy flows.

The Amahami Adventure Center has been around for a long time, with many Girl Scout alum still dedicated to the program.

"Part of my job is meeting Girl Scout alum all the time, and one couple, in particular, was very interested in leaving a legacy of some kind to Girl Scouts," Morak said. "This was her camp, and they really had a passion for solar energy."

Morak explained that, after their meeting, a conversation began and they started planning out how the center could bring solar energy, STEM and the legacy of the alum to the camp that is important to all generations of Girl Scouts.

Not only will the STEM lab have workshops to educate the girls, but the building will also provide sustainability for the camp. According to Morak, the solar installation will provide the energy needs for the building itself as well as the building closest, saving over $9k a year.