Lake Oswego has a new after-school program for girls ages 6 - 18 that we think you should know about. Girls Inc. offers very fun and educational programs that support girls with learning new things and being “Strong, Smart & Bold.”

Last winter, the Lake Oswego Girls Group learned about science, engineering and math during our eight-week “Time to Invent” class. We learned what a client is and how to work with them to design, build and test inventions. We worked in teams to build a new invention every week. Women engineers from Intel visited and told us about their jobs and taught us how to build rockets using paper and pencils.

This spring, we learned about media literacy. We talked about what a target market is and how media is used to inform, persuade and entertain. We played games to learn how companies use slogans, logos and stereotyping to sell things. We decided that not all media is good, and that no matter what you hear on TV about what you can or should do, you can do anything. You just have to try! We even got to take a field trip to The Lake Oswego Review newspaper office and meet with a real newspaper editor.

Girls Inc. does other things outside of class that are fun, too. We had a chance to go to a soccer clinic with the Portland Thorns and an overnight camp at Opal Creek. One of the best things about Girls Inc. is that you get to hang out with other girls and have fun while you learn. It gives us a chance to go on a journey to explore all kinds of new things. It’s cool!

Girls Inc. has groups all around the country and in Portland. Our Lake Oswego Girls Inc. group is new and growing. We meet after school at the West End Building and a new class will be starting soon. You can call Girls Inc. at 503-230-0054 for more information.

Members of the Lake Oswego Girls Inc. spring group include Elisabeth Firmin, Anna James, Mia Middleton, Anna Onishi, Amber Prasad, Chelsea Prasad, Kate Templin and Jenn Templin.

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