Girl Scouts spent a weekend being part global explorer, part detective at a local event, Geocacher Overnight. As part of an overnight adventure, almost 30 Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4 and 5) spent an evening at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham searching for treasure chests, called “geocaches,” using a GPS receiver to uncover each chest’s secret hiding spot as they worked towards earning their Geocacher badge. Geocacher Overnight provided girls with hand-on experience exploring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a fun and educational environment.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), STEM girls have stronger support networks overall in the planning of their careers and futures. Through Girl Scout STEM programs, girls become resourceful problem solvers, challenge seekers, promotors of cooperation and team building, and feel empowered to make a difference in the world.
With events like Geocacher Overnight, girls also can bridge the existing gender gap within these male-dominant career fields. Girl Scouts provides a variety of events and programs that serve to engage young women around STEM topics and scientific reasoning, while allowing them to explore, fail, innovate, and ultimately succeed in new ways.
STEM programming remains a top priority for Girl Scouts as we continue to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. 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.