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"Listen Up! And Get: Involved!"
also help out. At the past two meetings, after the local Girl
Scout chapters have registered for the session, additional
  invitations have been sent to home-school networks, after-
. school programs, and family event calendars to extend the
1 l. > _, reach of the event to more families in the area. The goal is
‘ ‘A /_ ‘>' to have 50 attendees. Once we have contacted these various
9'7 ‘ \ ' 3 groups, ASA member volunteers are recruited to run the
t ' t " I demonstrations.
*5‘ The “Listen Up! And Get Involved!” session involves more
I ‘W than interactive demonstrations. As the guests arrive, we
' play an entertaining, but homemade, video to get everyone
excited and thinking about the sounds in their lives. After
the video, our volunteers briefly introduce themselves by
I S I saying what area of acoustics they work in before the attend-
Figure 1. Acoustical Society of America (ASA) member Bonnie ees visit each station in groups of 3 or 4 to spend about 5_-7
Schnitta discussing noise cancellation with Girl Scouts at the 173rd . . . .
meeting in Boston, MA. minutes with each demonstrator. The session closes with an
informal Q&A panel about education and careers in acous-
tact Keeta Iones if you have a demonstration you would like gas‘ .PartlclgantS 715° have a Plzza lot dflnner fzfl the
to bring to one or more of the upcoming meetings.) aytlme an evemng sesslons’ respectlve Y‘ . 6 9m re-
sponse to the workshops has been very enthusiastic.
The format for these outreach sessions has evolved over the Over time) the «Listen UP! And Get Involved!» outreach seS_
Years‘ For many Years’ Uwe Hansen’ as Part Ofthe Education sion will continue to evolve. The Girl Scout local council will
in Acoustics Committee, organized acoustics outreach at the Still be contacted and Girl Scouts encouraged to come’ but
national meetings, in which a middle-school class would at- the Session will no longer be marketed only toward gir1S_ A1_
tend his hands-on session. The initial Girl Scout outreach though it is true that women continue to be unde”ePtesent_
sessions (started in 2010) built on Uwe’s work. Around 2012, ed in the Sciences’ it doesn-t mean that we should deny the
the WIA ’oined forces with the Education in Aco stics -
Committfe lto revamp both of the outreach session: (See opportunity totlearn for other underrepresented groups and
t _ . interested parties. As an example of things that will likely be
Bradley’ 2015 for mere Edheahdn lh Aedhsnes dhtreaeh ef' modified in the spirit of inclusion is the Girl Scout patch (see
feds)‘ Steps were taken to Strengthen the Pedagogical aP' Figure 2), a kind of reward for participating because Girl
Pmaeh’ update the equipment’ and increase the efheieney Scouts tend to collect patches for all their activities. Howev-
of both outreach sessions (see Vongsawad, 2014 for details). er’ the Presentation of a «Girl Scout» Patch at the end of the
Slhee 2013’ the two dhdeaeh sessldns have had the Same for" outreach session can other participants feel like they
mat, discussed below. Currently, ASA Outreach and Educa- Perhaps Should not have attended AS such’ the WIAC will
non Cddrdihatdr Keeta ldhes (2017) wdrks with the WIAC consider replacing the patch with something more univer-
to organize the “Listen Up! And Get Involved!” session, held Sally collected) Such as ename1PinS_
one evening during the national meeting, and with the Edu- _ .
cation in Acoustics Committee to organize the daytime ses- Beyond treachmg °_u_t to other Speclhc underrehreeented
sion for middle_Schoo1 studenm groups, it is also critical that we continue to maintain the
quality of the stations. The stations have remained largely
As with any outreach event, publicity is required to find at- unchanged for seven years. Some equipment has been re-
tendees. As “Listen Up! and Get Involved!” is primarily mar- placed, but ideas for upgrading the stations should be ex-
keted toward Girl Scouts between the ages of 12 and 15, the plored. For example, the voice and hearing stations could in-
local Girl Scout council is contacted at least 6 months before clude anatomical modals instead of laminated prints of the
an upcoming ASA meeting to obtain approval and enlist speech and hearing mechanisms. Another way to improve
their aid in spreading the word to local troops. When pos- the educational component of the demonstrations is to add
sible, ASA members who have local Girl Scout connections topics and align them to current educational system stan-
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