In honor of Women’s History Month, Rosie Riveters — a Northern Virginia-based nonprofit dedicated to engaging and inspiring girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) — held its second annual Women’s History Hunt throughout the month of March. Following last year’s popular event, this free family geocaching activity combining STEM and women’s history took place at Regency’s The Crossing Clarendon shopping center, and other community gathering spaces in the Arlington, VA area.
An outdoor treasure-hunting game, Geocaching participants use GPS-enabled devices to reach specific locations where geocaches (containers) are hidden. Rosie Riveters’ Women’s History Hunt puts a fun STEM spin on the activity, where each of the containers includes an informative puzzle piece featuring a fun fact about a significant woman in STEM. Once all geocaches are found, participants will have completed a puzzle, learned about the often unseen contributions women have made to STEM, and have the opportunity to win a prize by submitting a picture of their completed puzzle to Rosie Riveters.
The act of ‘treasure hunting’ and learning about women’s history through this activity has meshed really well,” said Katherine Rieder, Director, External Affairs, Rosie Riveters. “After working with the amazing marketing and leasing teams at The Crossing Clarendon for their recent holiday market, we knew we wanted to host this year’s treasure hunt there. It’s also helpful that in Arlington, families are likely to shop at The Crossing at least once a week, because they have it all. An added bonus is that we helped encourage folks to visit and support The Crossing’s merchant lineup. It’s been super successful, and we’re already looking forward to next year.
Founded in 2015, Rosie Riveters has served more than 5,700 girls across Arlington and Fairfax counties via interactive STEM programs, the majority of which are offered to participants completely free of charge. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization worked to provide STEM kits and virtual activities in lieu of in-person programs, which included the geocaching programming, as well as the distribution of ~2,300 STEM kits to keep children at Title 1 elementary schools and community centers. Click here to learn more.