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Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines Troop #864 is on the case!

January 21, 2014

By Crystal Brown, Leader, Girl Scout Junior Troop #864

Troop #864 visiting Raleigh Police Department.Have you ever been involved in a “who dunnit?” Well, the awesome Juniors of Girl Scout Troop #864, Girls Scouts – NC Coastal Pines have!  On October 22, 2013 our troop met with two wonderful detectives, Detective Amanda Salmon and Sgt. Jackie Tyler, which between the two of them have over 35 years’ experience in detective work.  Det. Salmon informed us this was the first time a Troop had asked for participation with earning their badge, so her department was thrilled and just as excited as our Troop. Can you imagine — 7 detectives worked with our girls for over an hour?!

Upon arrival Det. Salmon met us outside to show us the beginning of a crime that occurred the night before. Yellow crime scene tape and a BROKEN GLASS DOOR (not really broken but was decorated to look broken)!  As we entered the building, Sgt. Taylor gave the girls a notepad and pen to write clues. While learning about detective work, they were given a fingerprint kit and DNA swabs to test the detectives in the next room.

The girls began a question and answer session with the detectives about their whereabouts during the incident. After speaking with the detectives, the girls compared notes and after a thorough, well planned investigation the girls had “gotten their man!”  It was a case of “oh my baseball hit the glass window and I didn’t have time to clean it up!”

The Troop had solved the crime!  For doing such a great job the girls were awarded official Raleigh Police Department Patches, Gold Police Badge (pin), and of course satisfied the requirements to receive their Junior Detective Badge.

Here are some thoughts from the Troop:

I liked being a detective most. I also liked learning how to solve crimes.” – SARAH G.

“I liked that the detectives came to help us the most. I learned how to take DNA swabs which I didn’t expect to learn and it was cool that we learned in the police station.” – AYANA B.

“We got to learn what police do and they were funny. I like the investigation we got to do!” – LULA G.

I thought it was cool that my guy was the bad one, even if it was an accident. It was a lot of fun.” – LAILAH P.

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Citizen Science Series: Building a Rain Garden

December 15, 2013

By Kristin Yerkie, Camp staff

group photo with dirtTen Girl Scouts are participating in Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines’ Citizen Science series program which focuses on soil science and the impact eroded soil has as a stream pollutant in North Carolina. This fall, the girls have met with scientists and local engineers to learn about causes and costs of erosion while developing their own plan for a rain garden at Camp Mary Atkinson in Selma, NC.

In their first session, the girls met with Amanda “Dirt” Leisch a Soil Science PhD student at NC State University to build their own 3D model of the Leadership Center at Camp Mary Atkinson and the surrounding grounds using kinetic sand. This project allowed the girls to test out different shapes and designs for their rain garden.

The girls then met with wetland scientist from Sepi Engineering, Shawn Clark, fish and wildlife biologist with US Fish and Wildlife Service, JohnAnn Shearer, and conservation incentives program director with NCDENR, Scott Pohlman. The local professionals explained their design and implementation process for the rain garden they built.

The second session brought the girls out to Camp Mary Atkinson where they got down and dirty! Using augers the girls took soil samples of several locations and saw firsthand the different levels of soil that exist beneath the surface. There is an entire history underneath our feet every day and these Girl Scouts certainly had to put all their energy into digging it up.

Session three brought the girls to the research grounds of NC State University. The girls tested which covering would provide the best filtering for their rain garden by using a rain simulator. The next experiment taught the girls about polyachrilamide, PAM for short. This substance is used to assist in the filtering of water by adhering to the particles in the water and making them clump together.

imaging software2The team then got to use state of the art technology in the Tangible GIS Visualization lab. Using the 3D model they had created a couple sessions previously, the kinetic sand and the Kinnect imaging software, they tested which shape would lead to the most filtration and decrease in polluted runoff from the Leadership Center.

During these first sessions the girls learned a great deal about the science behind building their own rain garden. They couldn’t wait for their final two sessions where they would create their final design and submit it to the engineers for approval. They are truly Citizen Scientists in action!

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