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Valpo Girl Scouts slumber at Indianapolis Speedway

Pictured, from left, Hannah Letany, Brooklyn Smiley and Grace Brown of Troop 86 and Reese Corrado, Olivia Lozano and Katie Garza of Troop 148.

Six Valparaiso Cadette Girl Scouts and their leaders traveled to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to join more than 3,000 other Girl Scouts to participate in a “Slumber Party at the Speedway.”

Hands-on activities hosted by more than 70 community partners gave the girls an opportunity to focus on healthy living and STEM-related topics. The fun environment focused on science, technology, engineering and math to give the girls career options in fields traditionally headed by men. Some of the activities included robotics, building race cars, code breaking, programming, creating a “tornado in a box” and a presentation by Pippa, a female professional race car driver.

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The girls were allowed to ride their bikes around the 500 Speedway track in costumes followed by a “tent or treat” refreshment station. A glow dance party capped off evening activities before cooking Brownie Stew and hot chocolate for dinner and tucking into a tent for slumber time.

The Speedway Museum offered more time for exploring the history of race cars throughout history. Troop leaders are Amanda Letany, Jeffrin Lozano and Linda Griffith.

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