Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is taking the Girl Scout Leadership Experience on the road and into Wake County with “Daisy”, the council’s mobile program vehicle. With an up-fitted interior including state of the art technology, the vehicle allows on-site delivery of healthy living, outdoor education, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), leadership, citizenship and environmental stewardship, and financial literacy programs. A part of the Girl Scout mission is to ensure every girl has access to leadership programming across all corners of the council’s 41-county territory, especially areas where Girl Scouts are underserved due to economic and geographic obstacles.
Daisy traveled to Zebulon to deliver STEM programming to over 100 girls. During the program, girls had hands-on experiences by exploring STEM topics like chemistry and coding and learned about density, circuits, conductors, and insulators. Younger girls participated in a chemistry activity by making goo where they learned about density, while older girls participated in an interactive workshop called Makey, Makey where they turned everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. These activities promoted inventiveness and creative thinking, and helped girls develop more technical science through real world applications.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines partners with local organizations across the council’s 41 county footprint to provide STEM programming to girls, including those in underserved or low income communities. By incorporating technology into Girl Scout programming, girls develop new skills whether they are selling cookies, engineering robots, programming computers, or learning how to use binary code. As one of its main program initiatives, Girl Scouts provides opportunities for girls to enhance their exposure to and deepen their engagement in technology fields.
“By creating opportunities for girls to explore technology, girls are gaining in-demand skill sets while also visualizing themselves in technology and science careers. They have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and embrace technology in new and exciting ways,” said Melissa Almodovar, director for the mobile program vehicle. “The mobile program vehicle is essential in helping bring innovated and state-of-the-art programs to girls in underserved and rural areas, and also serves as a resource for every Girl Scout troop looking to enhance their Girl Scout leadership development.”
When Daisy visits areas across our council more opportunities are provided for girls and helps them develop the courage and confidence they need to become a successful leader. Since June 2015, Daisy has helped serve 5,374 Girl Scouts across 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina. Daisy can be requested by any troop within the council.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers girls once-in-a-lifetime leadership experiences all while having fun in a safe, girl-only, and girl-led environment. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in K-12. To learn more or join a local troop, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475. Financial assistance is available.