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"Listen Up! And Get Involved!"
Tracianne B. Neilsen The first goal of the Women in Acoustics (WIA) Committee (WIAC) of the
Address: Acoustical Society of America (ASA; Isakson, 2010; Ronsse, 2017) starts “to con-
Brigham Young University sider the special problems of attracting women to acoustics at all levels of the
N31 1 ESC educational process. . . .” (See for a complete list of the WIA
Provo’ Utah 84097 goals.) In 2008, the WIAC began considering possible outreach activities that its
USA members could do at each national ASA meeting to help local girls. Because the
daughters of some of the WIAC members participate in local troops, the Girl
Em“!!! Scouts of America was selected as the primary recruitment venue for an acoustics
tbI1@lJY1l.€dll outreach session called “Listen Up! And Get Involved!” These events have now
been held with Girl Scouts at 10 national meetings and with the Girl Guides at 2
meetings in Canada.
Ll Keeta Jones The “Listen Up! And Get Involved!” session was designed to meet the following
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Education and Outreach 1. Give girls the opportunity to interact with female scientists, engineers, and
C001'diI18t01' professors. By giving girls the chance of seeing and working with these
AC011S‘fiCa1 50€i€fY Of America women role models, the girls may start to think about pursuing such paths
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M€1Vfl!€a New Y0l‘k 117474300 a limited perception of available careers and thus have not considered many
USA of the opportunities that are encompassed by the ASA.
Emaik 3. Allow the girls to feel the excitement of science as they discover and de-
kjoneS@acouStiCa1SodetY_org velop an understanding of basic acoustic principles such as the properties
of waves, the power of resonance behavior, and how these apply to their
everyday experiences.
4. Promote the girls’ confidence as they successfully conduct small experiments
and explore the equipment used to analyze sound.
Since its inauguration at the Spring 2010 ASA Meeting in Baltimore, MD, 12 “Lis-
ten Up! And Get Involved!” sessions have relied heavily on the outstanding sup-
port of ASA volunteers. Although the volunteers have been primarily members
of WIAC, professional and student ASA members (both men and women) from
all technical areas have assisted in making these outreach sessions successful. The
volunteers have shared their enthusiasm with the girls as they have engaged in
conversations about how everyday experiences with sound are part of the larger
world of acoustics and the potential for a career exploring these amazing phe-
The volunteers help the girls explore topics, which include some physical prin-
ciple of sound such as resonance, but most of the stations center on real-world
applications such as speech, hearing, musical instruments, and echolocation. A
full list of the stations and demonstrations is provided by Vongsawad et al. (2014).
To offer all 12 topic areas requires a minimum of 15 volunteers. In addition to the
ASA-provided demonstrations, members regularly bring their own materials to
share specific aspects of their research and interests. Examples of past member-
supplied demonstrations include a ripple tank, a soundscape ecology demonstra-
tion, whale songs, acoustic levitation, and active noise control (Figure 1). (Con-
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