Merchant & Gould sponsored a holiday-themed, community-service event with American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) “Women in IP” on Dec. 10, for Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, an organization that promotes the “whole girl,” from programming for healthy living and emotional wellness, to educational, business, and STEM-enrichment programming.
The event included a range of interactive projects and games -- from making ice cream with a scientific recipe, to controlling robots on an obstacle course -- that stimulated STEM skills and curiosity. The girls were excited to learn through thought-provoking, yet playful, activities. An event highlight included a special visit by science guru, author and TV personality Steve Spangler, who introduced new experiments and spoke with the girls about achieving their dreams through innovation, inventions and STEM-focused achievements.
“We believe it is especially important to partner with organizations that promote STEM programming for girls, so that they can develop the curiosity and desire to explore technical fields. We want to inspire girls to explore the many ways in which inventors solve problems with new and creative solutions,” said Kathy Ott, partner at Merchant & Gould, who uses her science background to volunteer with Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. “Through our partnership with Girls Inc., we are able to stimulate girls to be curious and to have a desire to learn, advance and achieve – empowering them to do and be their best.”
Girls Inc. recently unveiled a new learning center, called the “Makerspace,” equipped with computers, 3D printers, virtual reality experiences and other tech activities. However, the girls had a holiday wish list that included games and books, to complete the space and to encourage greater collaboration. In true Merchant & Gould “giving style,” Kathy Ott, Kirstin Stoll-DeBell, Misty Borg Misterek, Laura Mitlyng, Roderick O’Dorisio, Ethan Bell, Shannon Maney and Debbie Leibold volunteered; and the firm donated STEM gifts that matched the girls’ wish list for a meaningful holiday celebration!
For additional information about Girls Inc. and to make a holiday donation, please visit GirlsIncDenver.org