Cookie Construction 2016 is well underway! Teams are meeting, trying out ideas and learning tricks of the trade when it comes to designing buildings…out of Girl Scout Cookie boxes!
We caught up with Team Top City who is working in Topeka, Kansas with mentors Resa Kemper, Jacquelyn Rakoski-Diediker and Mariah Scott.
These mentors are volunteering their time to expose Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts to the build world. While the mentors are participating in the program for the first time this year, they have some Cookie Construction veterans on their team.
Sarah C. participated last year, and the program left her yearning for more.
“I learned a lot about architecture and I’ve decided I want to be an engineer when I grow up,” Sarah said
According to James, Sarah’s dad, she is really interested in the STEM programming through Girl Scouts.
“Sarah likes the social aspects of Girl scouts but she is hungriest for additional academic and intellectual stimulation. She is fascinated by that stuff so the opportunities for technical information and hands-on activities really interest her,” James said.
Of course the mentors hope that more girls will have a career discovery like Sarah, but that’s not their ultimate goal.
“No matter what they want to do when they grow up, I want to help empower them to know they can become amazing at it,” Resa said.
Mentor and Girl Scout Alumna Jackie sees how being on a Cookie Construction team benefits girls beyond the built world. “I hope that the girls learn how to be an integral part of a large team and about compromising for the benefit of the entire group,” she said.
This year’s theme for Cookie Construction is Dream. Design. Do. Outdoor Adventure.
Each meeting, 10+ team members are coming to the table with tons of great ideas of how to create a structure out of cookie boxes that fit the theme. As in any situation, it’s tough to incorporate them all into one design. The mentors work with their team to discuss each idea and guide the group to make a collective decision on these design details. But ultimately, it’s the girls’ decision.
Team mentor Mariah is looking forward to seeing it all come together. “In all likely hood that won’t happen until build day, but it is always fascinating to see things come together and see where assumptions were right, and where they weren’t,” she said.
So what exactly does Team Top City plan to build? Well, we can’t tell you, it’s top secret. You’ll have to join us at Crown Center on March 5 for Build Day, when all 7 teams will build their structures using Girl Scout Cookie boxes!
Follow Top City and the other teams along on their Cookie Construction journey – we’ll be bringing you stories from each of the teams on the blog as we lead up to the culminating event, Build Day!
Don’t forget to join in on the conversation using #GSCookieBuild!