On Saturday Leslie and I participated in a Girl Scouts Aviation/Aerospace badge day at DuPage Airport (KDPA). It was sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the 99s, and hosted by Illinois Aviation Academy in their hangar. We had almost 230 Girl Scouts participating, in two waves, morning and afternoon. We divided them into seven groups and had them move between stations where we taught them about the history of women in aviation, the basics of flight, ATC, careers in aviation, types of aircraft, and charts, among other things. It was a long and challenging day, but I think we all found it very rewarding. There were some good questions from the girls, and they had a chance to see general aviation up close. I think their parents also had a chance to see some of what goes into flying. I talked to a photographer from the Chicago Tribune who was there covering it and found that he's had a chance to go flying a number of times. As I told him, we would have arranged a flight for him had he not already had the experience. After the event, about a dozen of us headed over to the local Fridays to unwind a little bit. I think we may have convinced our waitress to at least go up for an intro flight. She said she had already tried ballooning and had been in a locomotive, so she is willing to try new things. If you get a chance to participate in one of these events, take it! Leslie and I did a 20-minute presentation on different types of aircraft and had the girls put together paper gliders using some of the patterns from NASA at http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/OEP/girlscouts/activity1.htm. They all seemed to get a kick out of it, and we also got to go into a bit of aircraft design, weight & balance issues, etc. Since the girls were all youg, we obviously had to do it at a very basic level, but I think it was worthwhile. I just wish we had a little more time with each group to answer more questions and allow them to experiment a little more!