Get your crazy, cool green on at the 9th annual Cool Kids! ECOFEST!

April 10, 2014

EVERY one of us is a steward of this planet we share!

A small list of what there is to do at ECOFEST!

A small list of what there is to do at ECOFEST!

Green is a verb! Sustainability–a lifestyle! Learning is FUN!
But you don’t have to invest thousands in solar panels or grow your own organic food from heirloom seeds to “go green”! 

Cool Kids! ECOFEST–is on a mission to prove: we’re ALL green! And practicing sustainability can be a complete blast!
With over 60 exhibitors converging on the campus of Genesee Community College–both inside and out–we’re excited to bring the BEST of WNY’s green scene to families everywhere–for FREE!

Explore erosion (and get a little wet!) with Rochester Museum and Science Center; dig fossils at Penn Dixie Paleontological’s booth; shop for recycled international art gifts at One World Projects or dive into a nonstop kids arts fest with GCC’s Education Dept! But dont’ stop there—check out the live owls, exotic wildlife stage shows, Green Grab doorprize giveaways, tree seedlings to the first 250 participants, make origami helicopters, egg carton airplanes, enjoy Abbotts, yogurt samplings, the Big Bag Bash, and so much more! All FREE! 
Crafting Fun at 2013 Ecofest!

Crafting Fun at 2013 Ecofest!

Join us this weekend!

April 12, 2014
10 AM – 2 PM
Genesee Community College, Batavia NY 14020
Sponsored by: Student Activities
Free! Open to all ages!

But Cool Kids! can even make recycling a way-too-fun-win-win for all! Bring us your old bikes and bike parts, “nonfabric” furniture for re-sale (to benefit Habitat for Humanity), old sneakers, paperbacks, eyeglasses, worn American flags and inkjet cartridges to recycle! For EVERY item you recycle with us-we give you a raffle ticket! And another chance to win a brand new mountain bike or other prize!!! How cool is THAT?!
So clean house! Bring your stuff! Bring your Cool Kids! Bring your group!
Recycle! Re-learn! Have fun! Four HOURS of nonstop fun!!

And remember: EVERYBODY wins–when everybody’s part of the show! When all Cool Kids! steward the planet!!

For more info: or find us on Facebook/Cool Kids!

Steve Appleton is Director/founder of Cool Kids! since 1999. The family cultural event series’s mission is: “Everyone’s part of the show!” Cool Kids! is a quantuum leap from typical family shows—where we all watch a juggling show–clap–and leave. We pass out 600 juggling balls and have a juggling party! Everyone drums! Everyone tries science at Science Circus! Entire audiences do Adventure Yoga, Bollywood dance or make balloon animals!!  But don’t stop there! Cool Kids! also tackles big planetary issues like cultural tolerance, world hunger, environmentalism and world peace!  With kid-centric projects like Cool Kids! Ecofest! CAN-imals on Parade canned goods sculpture contests and Jump on the Cool Kids! Peace (origami crane) Chain–we actively become the solution! “We don’t like talking diversity,” says Appleton, “We do it. When everyone is included—that’s not only cool! That’s what peace feels like! What peace is!” Cool Kids! has series of free, family events in Brockport and Batavia. Since it started, it has hosted series that include over 1000 events in Corning, Rochester, and Albion NY.


Girls Love STEM! Join Girl Scouts for STEM-a-palooza!

April 4, 2014

In STEM fields, like in any professional area, diversity is important because it allows for unique views and new ideas or solutions to come forth.

Unfortunately, though, STEM fields tend to be heavily male dominated. Women account for less than 20% of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science, and physics, yet when today’s girls graduate from college, the U.S. will need 3 million more scientists and engineers, according to


Many girls love doing STEM-related experiments.

What’s even more troubling is that girls DO like STEM and they are just as capable of succeeding in STEM as boys are! A study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute found that 74% of teen girls are interested in STEM fields and subjects. The study also found that 81% of girls are interested in pursuing a STEM career but only 13% say it is their first choice.

Some say this disconnect happens because many girls don’t have access to a female role mentor who works in a STEM field. Girls who know a woman working in science or technology are much more likely to pursue a career in that industry.

Additionally, many girls say they want to have a job that helps people, not realizing that many STEM jobs do indeed help people in enormous ways. In fact, scientific fields like medicine and engineering are all about helping people and solving the problems we face.

Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) is excited to be a part of the solution toward showing girls that they can have a future in a STEM career. To do this, we are hosting STEM-a-palooza, an event taking place May 3 at the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Girls of all ages will enjoy hands-on activities with leading female scientists while having fun, learning, and exploring exciting STEM fields.

All girls are invited to this event. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout! The deadline to sign up is April 24. Register at

Volunteers are also needed for this event, especially women currently working in the STEM fields. Will you help GSWNY show the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technology experts that they can find a successful career in STEM?  General volunteers are also needed. To sign up to volunteer or to ask questions about this event, email or call 1-888-837-6410.

Ruth Harper-Rhode is the current Public Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of Western New York in the Rochester Service Center.  Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.