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K-State Salina Partners With the Girl Scouts to Host Product Design Workshop

February 10, 2014

SALINA, Kan., Feb. 10 -- Kansas State University at Salina issued the following news release:

More than 59 million women in the United States call themselves alumnae of the Girl Scouts, and it's easy to see why. Between making life-long friendships, learning respectful behavior and gaining valuable insight into a variety of subjects, a Girl Scout's experience can transform her future. And with the organization focusing on female empowerment, a partnership with Kansas State University Salina is the perfect pairing.

A few weeks ago 35 third and fourth-graders from the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland along with their leaders and parents gathered together at K-State Salina for a sleepover; but this wasn't a typical slumber party filled with gossip, movies and pranks. Instead, the girls participated in activities that would help them earn their product designer badge.

"The Salina campus and the Girl Scouts have been wanting to collaborate, and we're excited that this event not only furthered the girls' education on creating and testing a product, but it also hopefully opened their eyes to the array of industries females can work in," Kirsten Zoller said, events coordinator for the office of continuing education.

One of the exercises Kirsten lead involved the girls picking out good and bad design elements of everyday household products. Once the positive and negative aspects of each product were identified, they were asked to think of ways to improve that item or find a new use for it. One girl suggested adding perfume to nail polish because of its strong odor while another group redesigned a water bottle so it functioned better on their bicycles.

Julia Morse, an engineering technology professor at K-State Salina, also spoke to the young girls about cultivating their ideas. She showed them the correct process to go through once they've created a product and how to test it to get the best results.

K-State Salina is always excited about connecting with the community. The continuing education office ( extends Kansas State University's intellectual resources through quality programming such as workshops, summer programs and professional development courses.

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