Girls are natural born scientists. They embrace the world around them, step out of their comfort zone, and learn as they go. And with Girl Scouts by their side, girls will be introduced to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields as young as the age of five to see how they can improve the world. Whether they are building a robotic arm, helping protect wildlife as a park ranger, developing and coding new apps for smartphones, or creating a mock testing lab simulation to educate others on diseases - Girl Scouts provides STEM programming for all girls to find their passion!
This year, Girl Scouts is providing even more STEM opportunities for girls to explore all aspects of the STEM field, which includes a unique, “fun with purpose” K-12 curriculum to inspire girls to embrace and celebrate the scientific discovery of their lives.
New STEM opportunities through Girl Scouts include the rollout of the largest Girl Scout programming enhancement in over a decade. Girl Scouts added 23 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and outdoor badges to enrich its programming for girls. This programing allows girls to tackle 21st century jobs by discovering their interests in robotics, engineering, computer science, Outdoor STEM, and more. Girls will do everything from designing their own robots to participating in interactive computational-thinking activities.
Research shows women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields and exposing girls to these subjects at a young age is vital to ignite their curiosity and close this gap. In response, alongside several partners—Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines announced new details of a five-year program called Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts. Funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by SETI Institute, the program offers more girls opportunities to explore careers in STEM through the first-ever Space Science badges.
Girls who participate in Girl Scout STEM programs learn to overcome challenges and solve problems, gain confidence, build leadership skills, earn better grades, and excel as team players who are better prepared to take on the future.
Girl Scouts can learn first-hand on amazing STEM opportunities at local upcoming STEM council-sponsored events. Staple STEM council events include:
TechnoQuest – Girls will explore what STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers interest them. Through four different hands-on workshops, girls will meet professional women in STEM fields. They will enjoy a day of discovering, creating, solving, and being tech-savvy. This event is on November 11 and on March 10.
Robotics and Engineering Workshops – Girls will have the opportunity during hands-on workshops to examine robotics and engineering concepts. These events are available for girls of all ages and take place throughout the course of the program year.
Reach for the Stars Overnight – Girls will learn about new things and explore science in a fun, exciting environment. After participating in a “Science Live!” they’ll play games and use telescopes to uncover the wonders of the night sky. The event has multiple dates in March.
MarineQuest – Explore the marine habitats of the coast, including the coastal forest, intertidal rocky outcrops, and the salt marshes. Girls will participate in lab experiences where they will examine samples of various sand and discover how to get fresh water from sea water. This event has multiple dates in April and May.
To learn more or to register for any upcoming events, please visit www.nccoastalpines.org.
Girl Scouts believes in the power of every girl and by emphasizing the importance of leadership programming designed to promote girl’s confidence and skills across STEM fields. Girl Scouts STEM programs help girls discover, create, and solve while encouraging girls to bridge the existing gender gap within these male-dominant career fields. For more information about Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and its STEM programs for girls, please visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call (800) 284-4475.