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50 Girls in a Room
Posted: 7/10/2018 10:00:00 AM

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GOALS for Girls icebreakers

by Elena — Summer Intern; GOALS alum and Past Navigator, 2014

On Monday, July 9, at 8:30am, Simone, Mesha, and I walk out to the pier. Mesha calls out “GOALS girls!” and in an instant, 50 eighth and ninth graders materialize all around us. They’re here for the GOALS (Greater Opportunities Advancing Leadership and Science) for Girls Summer Intensive at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
“I remember how I felt as a camper on my first day four years ago: nervous, but also impossibly excited.”
This program is focused on exposing young girls to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics and giving them the resources to succeed academically and professionally in the future.

As they flood in from every direction, I can’t help but feel nostalgic. I remember how I felt as a camper on my first day four years ago: nervous, but also impossibly excited. Now, I’m a summer intern for the Education Department with Simone, another GOALS 2014 alumna. From fun field trips like kayaking on the East River to mentorship days where I met awe-inspiring women in STEM, I loved my six weeks aboard the Intrepid. Because of all my great memories, I couldn’t wait to be a part of the GOALS experience!

Icebreaking Activities on day oneTo start the summer program off, we do a human scavenger hunt icebreaker. The girls rush to find out who among them share the same name, can speak over three languages, or was born in the same month. By lunchtime, the girls are eagerly chatting with each other, bonding over the World Cup and their shared love of Sephora. During the day, we discuss the difference between norms and rules and brainstorm ways to make sure everyone has an amazing time. After that, the girls make posters to illustrate their main points, including respect and inclusivity.

Our time together goes by so quickly and suddenly, Simone, Mesha, and I are leading the girls back out to the pier. It’s 3:00 pm and the first day of GOALS is over!