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You are invited to the Great Adventure Lab’s

Girls Get Science evening event

5:30-8:30 pm on Saturday, March 28th, at Lakewood Elementary School,

Rockville, Maryland.


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-5. 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-5 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

Veronica Pinnick, Research Associate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Veronica T. Pinnick is a research associate at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center who works on the instruments that sample Martian soil on board the Curiosity rover. Dr. Pinnick’s team of scientists and engineers designed and built the Sample Analysis on Mars (SAM) mobile laboratory, which makes up more than half of Curiosity’s scientific payload.

Dr. Pinnick is also working on the development of a miniaturized ion trap mass spectrometer for the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer aboard the ExoMars rover set to launch in 2018.

Dr. Pinnick has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Texas A&M University and a B.A. Chemistry from  Minot State University.


Caroline Freissinet, Astrobiologist, NASA Goddard  

Dr. Freissinet is a postdoctoral researcher in NASA’s Solar System Exploration Division, and works with NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars. Dr. Freissinet is part of the team of scientists who recently used Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument to make the first definitive detection of organics on the Mars surface.  She is originally from France, but her research has taken her all over the globe, from aboard the research vessel Lance in Norway to the glaciers of  Greenland to D.C.

Dr. Freissinet has PhD in Analytical Chemistry from  Ecole Centrale in Paris.


Angela Hight Walker, Physicist, NIST

Dr. Hight Walker's research focuses on understanding the underlying chemistry and physics of nanomaterials.  In addition to her research at NIST, she managed to find the time to be the  co-organizer of the Mid-Atlantic Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics  which brought 135 women from 50 colleges and universities to Gaithersburg and College Park in 2014.  Dr. Hight Walker uses spectrometry and other measurement methods to characterize the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials that might enable their application in  medicine and energy.

Dr. Hight Walker has a B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Physics from Capital University, and a  Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Wesleyan University.


Dr. Alina Alexeenko, Assistant Professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University

Alina Alexeenko

Dr. Alexeenko is an award winning and extensively published professor from Purdue University's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Alexeenko is originally from Russia and earned her B.S. and M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University. Dr. Alexeenko’s research focuses on rarefied gas flow phenomena occurring in high-altitude flight, such as spacecraft contamination and high-altitude aerothermodynamics. She also studies emerging technologies, such as micro-electro-mechanical systems for space communications and micropropulsion and in vacuum manufacturing processes. Broadening the application of rarefied gas dynamics is one of her long-term research goals.

Dr. Alexeenko has a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Aerospace Engineering.



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), Video Game Programming (Grades 3-5),  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 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. 

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


Lakewood Elementary School
2534 Lindley Terrace
Rockville, MD
United States