GSNI Awarded LEGO® Education Showcase Grant!

GSNI will be building models depicting Girl Scouts—The Next 100 Years! on Saturday, April 28, using LEGO creativity! Starting at 11 a.m., we’ll host a LEGO Education Showcase Event in conjunction with our Centennial Event at NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb!

The Showcase Event is a customizable building activity that sparks creativity in participants by allowing them to use their imaginations to create LEGO models around a theme. The theme for this event is Girl Scouts—The Next 100 Years! in honor of the Girl Scout 100th anniversary.

“By hosting a LEGO Education Showcase Event, we are offering Girl Scouts and community members the opportunity to work together to explore and build what they think Girl Scouts will be doing in one hundred years,” said our own Pam Schnecke, Program Specialist/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for GSNI. “We will also encourage girls to become part of or form a LEGO Robotics Team.”

The LEGO Education Showcase Grant was made available through Education Blueprints Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing learning resources and programs that deliver education solutions to individuals, teachers, and students. Only 100 LEGO Education Showcase Grants were available nationwide.

About the Centennial Celebration – In honor of 100 years of Girl Scouting, we’re hosting a family-friendly Centennial Celebration on April 28, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

The Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew will be providing interactive entertainment that includes music, dancing, prizes and more! BMO Harris Bank is proud to support our Centennial Celebration as sponsor of the Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew. The event will also feature a live stage performance by pop music sensation Savvy, stars of the TV series “The Wannabes” on STARZ Kids & Family Channel! State Street Dance of Geneva, Illinois, will be choreographing a dance designed especially for the event, celebrating Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary.

Admission includes parking, performances and all activities:

  • Rock-climbing wall
  • Play zone with DJ, inflatables and photo booth
  • Hands-on activity zones including environmental, financial literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), healthy living and Girl Scouts through the years
  • Girl Scout Forever Green Service Project—GSNI is teaming up with Goodwill Industries and The Fabric Center of Morris, Illinois, to increase the use of reusable bags. Participants can stop by the GSFG station to make a reusable bag from a T-shirt. In fact, they can make two—one to take and one to be distributed to Goodwill shoppers. Participants may bring their own T-shirts if they prefer!

Vendors include an American Girl® booth with an American Girl-themed craft and doll raffle. BMO Harris Bank will also help kids learn about financial literacy through a life-size board game based on their Helpful Steps for Parents program – a free, online tool for parents to teach their kids how to be money smart, accessible 24/7. Additional vendors include Brookfield Zoo, Brunswick Zone, Discovery Center Museum, Kane County Cougars, KeyLime Cove, Magic Waters, Midwest Museum of Natural History, Raging Waves and more!

Kid-friendly, interactive booths will also feature Girl Scout history, community groups, and exhibitors. The Girl Scout Shop will be open and have a wide variety of items for sale including an event T-shirt and patch.

Tickets are $10 per person; $12 per person day of event. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets,, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Shops. Tickets purchased at the Girl Scout Shops can either be purchased in person or by phone. Tickets purchased by phone will be available for pick up at the will call window on the day of the event. All ticket sales are final. Event sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, KishHealth Systems, Shaw Media and WTVO.

For information, visit our Centennial Celebration page at

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