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You’re invited  to Adventures With Robots’ Girls Get Science evening event from 6:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Takoma Park Community Center at 7500 Maple Avenue.
This event features a choice of hands-on science workshops for girls grades 2-5 including robotics, electronics, crime science and video game programming.  All workshops will be led by Adventures With Robots instructors.
While girls in grades 2-5 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 in break-out rooms to learn more about what these women do for a living!
Our guest speakers for the evening are:
Dr. Mary Cleave, former Astronaut. (As of Sunday, April 29th, Dr. Cleave is unable to attend the event due to health problems.)


Dr. Cleave has a BS Biological Sciences, a MS in Microbial Ecology and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Dr. Cleave was selected as an astronaut in May 1980. A veteran of two space flights, Dr. Cleave has logged a total of 10 days, 22 hours, 2 minutes, 24 seconds in space, orbited the earth 172 times and traveled 3.94 million miles.   In 1991 Dr. Cleave joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  She worked in the Laboratory for Hydrospheric Processes as the Project Manager for SeaWiFS (Sea-viewing, Wide-Field-of-view-Sensor), an ocean color sensor which is monitoring vegetation globally.  Dr. Cleave then served as Deputy Associate Administrator at the  Office of Earth Science, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.



Dr. Betsy Pugel


Dr. Pugel is both a Physicist and Electrical engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt.  She is a recipient of the Women in Aerospace's Achievement Award for her work on the thermal-protection system on NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle. Orion represents the next generation of human space exploration and missions to an asteroid, the moon and even Mars are envisioned in the near future. 
Dr. Pugel shows her dedication to her work in her willingness to ransack a Smithsonian’s warehouse in quest of a piece of heat shielding from an 1960’s Apollo spacecraft.  Upon finding what she was looking for, Dr.Pugel said,  “My jaw dropped. It was a piece that gave us direct insight into how they did it back in the ’60s. Seeing the real thing, in three dimensions, in color, goes beyond any documentation that we have.”


Lisa Pfeifer

 Ms. Pfeifer has dreamed of being a scientist since age 8.  She is well on her way after earning a BA in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and two master's degrees (Applied Anthropology and Biology) from the University of Maryland.  

Now she’s earning her doctorate in Biology at Maryland, with a focus in human evolutionary genetics - in other words, how genetics has affected the way we have evolved our social behavior!
Ms. Pfeifer has worked in several NIH laboratories including Neuroepidemiology (NIA), Comparative Ethology (NICHD) and Neurogenetics (NIAAA).  She’s currently a guest researcher in the Human Genetics Branch, Laboratory of Anxiety and Mood Disorders at NIMH. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband, two sons, and two rescue dogs.

Ms. Nancy Convard, Senior Director, Infrastructure,  Millenium Challenge Corporation

Ms. Convard holds degrees in both Civil and Environmental Engineering.  She currently works for the Millenium Challenge Corporation, an independent international development organization established by Congress to fight poverty and promote good governance along with sustainable economic growth.  
Ms. Convard has travelled the world working with governments to establish solid infrastructure plans. - ask her where the Vanuatu Islands are!


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 for each additional participant.  All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Montgomery Housing Partnership to help fund their after school activities programs. MHP is a non-profit organization that develops and manages several low-income housing developments throughout the county. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to MHP, pls contact them directly through their website,
To register for the event, please follow this link:

When you register, we’ll ask you which two mini- workshops you’d like your daughters to attend. We are offering four choices: LEGO Robotics, Crime science, electronics and video game programming with Scratch, the programming language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Adventures With Robots offers after school enrichment classes and summer camps in LEGO robotics, engineering, computer animation, electronics, crime science … and more! to children throughout the DC metro area.  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. AWR was 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!

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 “awrobots.”

We look forward to seeing you at Girls Get Science!!

**We will be photographing the event and we reserve the right to use those photos in our promotional materials.


Adventures with Robots
(240) 442-1855
twitter: @awrobots


Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, MD
United States