This Thursday 22 April, 30 high school girls from three schools in the North of the Netherlands visit ASTRON and JIVE during Girlsday 2010. On this day, astronomers and engineers of ASTRON and JIVE will introduce the girls to their daily routine and exciting workshops. They will have the chance to do interesting experiments and talk to female astronomers and engineers.

Published by the editorial team, 21 April 2010

Girlsday is a European initiative to make young girls enthusiastic about technology and ICT, and takes place annually on the fourth Thursday in April. On Girlsday, girls can see that working in science and technology is fun and exciting. It can also help them in their choice of profiles in high school or in their choice for further studies and a career in science and technology.

At ASTRON and JIVE, the girls will learn about how antennas and other instruments for telescopes are built and how a telescope as big as Europe can be simulated. They will also have the chance to chat with telescope operators in other European countries such as Sweden, Italy and Poland. Besides this they will also have the chance to build their own radio receiver. It is the third time ASTRON and JIVE are organising a Girlsday.

For more information, please contact:

Femke Boekhorst, PR & Communication, ASTRON. Tel.: +31 521 595 204 and +31 6 21 23 42 43. E-mail: boekhorst@astron.nl

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