I led a workshop this past weekend for 4th and 5th grade girls from New Orleans to get them interested in STEM. This was part of a day-long event called GiST (Girls in STEM at Tulane). Our workshop, “What’s your Master Plan”, allowed girls to assume the role of Marsh Ecologist, City Planner, Mississippi River Director, and Governor of Louisiana. They implemented a Coastal Master Plan to protect Louisiana from global change, then built a model of their plan, and we challenged it with spring floods, sea level rise, and a hurricane. Below is a picture of some of their models (bottle caps=cities, sponges=marshes).