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You and your daughter/s are invited to ...
Girls Get Science!

February 21st, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Imagination Stage in Bethesda.

Above: future structural engineers?

 We are Adventures with Robots, the area's leading provider of after school LEGO® Robotics and other super fun, hands-on science enrichment programs for children grades K-7. Above: future structural engineers?

Our first Girls Get Science evening sold out faster than anticipated and we had to turn many families away.
This time we have a larger and more comfortable venue. We will be selling 70 pairs of parent/daughter tickets (for daughters in grades 2 to 5) and another 25 pairs of parent/daughter tickets (for daughters grades 6-7). We cannot increase the number of tickets available.

This unique event for girls features a panel of distinguished women
in science/engineering, as well as hands-on science workshops for girls grades 2-7. Workshop choices include beginning and advanced LEGO® robotics, crime science and video game programming. If possible, we will also add a workshop in electronics. All workshops will be led by Adventures With Robots' awesome team of instructors.

For the first hour of the event, girls in grades 2-5 are participating in hands-on activities while our panel of women scientists and engineers will speak with parents and the older girls about the experience of being a girl or young woman pursuing a career in science or engineering.

Our panelists include a NASA climatologist,
an IBM technology executive, an electrical engineer and a molecular biologist. You can read all about them below. These women are donating their time because they want to inspire more girls to follow in their footsteps.

For the second hour of the event, the younger 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! Meanwhile, the older girls will attend their own hands-on workshops.

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.

Register for our event and receive some awesome discounts!
Any registrant who has never before enrolled in an Adventures with Robots class is eligible for a $10 tuition reduction on her first AWR class.
Every registrant is eligible for $15 off a birthday party when the party is booked by March 31.

All proceeds will be donated to support after school science programs at Montgomery Housing Partnership,
a non-profit that develops and manages low-income housing developments in Montgomery County. Adventures with Robots runs at-cost programs for girls and boys who reside in MHP developments because we believe all kids should have access to super fun and educational science enrichment programs. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation directly to MHP, a staff member will be at the event with information about MHP's programs. This is your chance to help give low-income girls and boys access to science enrichment programs.

Please consider advertising in our event brochure.
A half-page ad costs $50; a full-page ad costs $100.
Your ad will reach at least 100 families who attend the event  AND ...

Brochure advertisers also get one free month of advertising on our site, which receives more than 1,500 visitors a month.
Finally, we will thank our advertisers and provide links to their sites on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Please write
Or call us at 240-442-1855 for details.

Our panelists

Dr. Claire Parkinson

NASA climatologist and principal scientist on the Aqua project, which uses a satellite to monitor changes in the polar ice caps. Dr. Parkinson is the lead author of an atlas of Arctic sea ice from satellite data and coauthor of two other sea ice atlases. She and her colleagues have detailed the significant loss of sea ice in the Arctic since the late 1970s and the lesser increase of sea ice in the Antarctic over the same period. She’s the author of several books including Coming Climate Crisis? Consider the Past, Beware the Big Fix and Breakthroughs: A Chronology of Great Achievements in Science and Mathematics, a history of Western science from 1202 to 1930.

Dr. Marguerite Raaen

The Alliant Director for the Federal Systems Division of IBM, a world in information technology and services. Over the last 27 years, Dr. Raaen has held many technology leadership positions at IBM, Chase Manhattan Bank/ Intelisys Electronic Commerce; and Cable & Wireless. She has also served as Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer with the US Department of Education; and Executive Scientific Appointee with the National Cancer Institute.


Mary Buonomo

Senior Technical Manager in the Global Technical Services organization of Synopsys, a world leader in electronic design automation (EDA).  Her organization’s mission is to ensure the successful adoption of the company’s technology into customers’ demanding environments.  Ms. Buonomo joined Synopsys in 1996 as an applications engineer.  Prior to joining Synopsys, she designed application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) at both NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Hughes Network Systems.


Dr. Nic Ryba

Senior Dr. Ryba is a molecular biologist with a PhD in biochemistry and biotechnology from the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK. After working as an intern in government animal health instittues, at Pfizer and Glazo pharmaceuticals and for the Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Gottinggen Germany, she served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Cranio-Facial Institute at NIH. She currently teaches middle school at Green Acres School in Rockville. One of her most unusual projets: designing and building a bioreactor to send to the International Space Station!


Girls who register for this event must be grades 2 to 7; there are no exceptions.  We hope to develop a similar program that is suitable for younger girls; this program is not.

Important: this transaction will appear on your credit card as PAYPAL *ADVENTURESW  or PAYPAL *AWROBOTS

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Montgomery Housing Partnership to help fund their after school science programs.

When you register, we’ll ask you which two mini- workshops you’d like your daughters to attend. We are offering three types: LEGO® Robotics (beginning and advanced); Crime science; and video game programming with Scratch, the programming language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If possible, we will also add a workshop in electronics.

Adventures With Robots is the leading provider of super fun, educational and hands-on LEGO® robotics and other STEM programs for elementary school students in the metro DC area, with most of our classes taking place in Montgomery County. We offer after school, home school, morning and evening enrichment classes and summer camps in LEGO® robotics, engineering, computer animation, electronics, crime science … and more! Schools from McLean VA to DC to Prince George's County tell us that we are their preferred provider! Our instructors are highly educated, highly motivated and super fun. Many are engineers or scientists and many of us hold multiple degrees and/or have children of our own. We keep class sizes small. We always provide two adults for a 12-student class. That's a 6:1 student-instructor ratio, better than any other local provider.

We are an established local company with deep roots in our communities. We support our communities by donating money back to our PTA partners and by 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. Our founder's husband and chief STEM consultant is an engineer who works on several space flight missions for NASA, including  the Mars Science Laboratory, which is scheduled to land on Mars later this year.

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!! btw: All registrants receive $10 off any of our Birthday Parties! Just mention the fact that you registered when you reserve a date on our calendar.


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


Imagination Stage
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD
United States