GSC To Host Blood Drive April 29

Greensboro Science Center To Host Blood Drive On April 29, 2021

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the GSC’s SAIL Center.

To make an appointment to donate, sign up online at redcrossblood.org.

“The Greensboro Science Center is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Jessica Gouge, Education Events Manager. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.” 

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. 

“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs,” Gouge said. “There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.”

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Greensboro Science Center Announces New Scholarship Fund

Following two years of service and support as Board Chair at the Greensboro Science Center (GSC), Sue Cole was honored with a scholarship created in her name on February 25, 2021. The Girls In Science – Sue Cole Scholarship Fund was created to continue Cole’s legacy and passion for science and careers. 

Girls in Science – Sue Cole Scholarship Fund

The scholarship will support a number of the GSC’s initiatives directed towards encouraging girls to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and career pathways. These initiatives include:

Party for the Planet®: Spring into Action

Families with girls ages 8 – 13 can apply to participate in a three-part series encouraging girls to Clean, Create, and Connect to healthy habitats with support from their entire family. Activities include planting milkweed pollinator gardens, building make-and-take bluebird boxes, and a creek clean-up between Earth Day in April and World Ocean Day in June.

The Girls In Science – Sue Cole Scholarship Fund makes it free for families with girls to participate. Applications open mid-March. Families can sign up for the GSC’s Conservation & Research email list to receive a link to registration. 

Girls in Science Summer Camp

This all-girl team of scientists, ages 10 – 12, will meet daily from June 7 – 11 from 9am to 1pm. Campers will see just what girls can do with a career in science by meeting some female GSC staffers – including animal curators, a vet technician, and divers – and investigating their careers.

Scholarships available via the Girls In Science – Sue Cole Scholarship Fund; to apply, contact camps@greensboroscience.orgusing the subject line Girls in Science.

Flying Robo Puggles

The Flying Robo Puggles is the GSC’s girls-only FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) team for girls ages 10 – 14. FLL is an international competition that revolves around designing and programming LEGO® Mindstorm and LEGO Spike Prime robots to complete challenges. FLL registration opens in late August. 

For more information, visit the GSC’s Brick Engineering & Robotics web page.

GSC CEO Glenn Dobrogosz says, “The Girls in Science Scholarship Fund is the perfect way to honor Sue’s commitment to helping kids be inspired by science. We hope that everyone who knows Sue will help us grow the fund so that more girls from all over Greensboro can get involved in everything from robot engineering to veterinary science, and all things in between. Thank you, Sue, for helping the GSC navigate the horrible year brought on by COVID-19. Her steady leadership and financial savvy have made all of the difference.” 

The Greensboro Science Center will host a Girls in Science Facebook Live event on Friday, March12, at 3:30 p.m. The event will feature three women who are currently leading in STEM-related fields at the GSC: Martha Regester, VP of Education, Lindsey Zarecky, VP of Conservation & Research, and Rachel Rodgers, Coral Aquarist.

Wiseman Aquarium: A Summer Escape (in Winter)

Dreaming of a summer sabbatical this winter? Look no further!

GSC getaways include visits to a colorful coral reef, an adventure in the Amazon, a glimpse of graceful rays, and so much more! The best part? No passport is required.

All of these amazing exhibits await your exploration in the GSC’s Wiseman Aquarium (which is conveniently heated for a most enjoyable winter walk).

Whether you’re interested in colorful Pacific fishes, interesting isopods, or stunning sharks, our aquarium prides itself on showcasing the diversity of creatures that live in or near aquatic ecosystems.

Highlights of the aquarium include a variety of unique underwater habitats including a kelp forest and mangrove swamp!

Plan a visit to explore our watery world for yourself! This month only (February 2021), children receive half price admission on regularly priced weekday general admission tickets. Get your discount now.