Girl Scouts is all about showing girls their potential, helping them to discover their skills and passions, and inspiring them to break down barriers and accomplish their goals. That’s why Girl Scouts offers extensive programming in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) that makes learning a fun and hands-on experience. Through programs like these, girls learn from the experts, often females successful in the STEM fields themselves, and are able to visualize themselves pursuing similar careers and passions. In doing so, girls are inspired to break gender stereotypes and build their confidence.
On Saturday, November 10th, approximately 150 Girl Scouts in middle and high school attended TechnoQuest at Meredith College. This day-long event provided by Duke Energy gave girls the opportunity to explore a variety of workshops of their choosing to help them unleash their inner innovators and discover new talents. These workshops included DNA Detectives: Using Biology at a Crime Scene where girls isolated their own DNA and worked together on an “investigation”, along with Make Virtual Reality Real where they designed and created their own Virtual Reality games, and Flying Drone Creator, where girls build their own drones using LEGO Bricks and motors and watch them take flight. Activities like these show girls that they can accomplish anything that they set their minds to while promoting inventiveness and creative thinking through real-world applications.
“Encouraging girls’ interest and sense of discovery in STEM is an investment in the future, as these job numbers are expected to continue to grow. As a faculty member at Meredith College, it's exciting to engage girls in real-world, hands-on STEM activities and see their enthusiasm,” said Dr. Walda Powell, Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Geoscience and Department Head. The Girl Scouts also had the chance to attend a networking session with Dr. Powell and other female STEM professionals where they learned their stories and about how they accomplished their goals. These women served as mentors for them and showed them that glass ceilings were meant to be broken when it comes to women in STEM.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), 77% of girls say that because of Girl Scouts, they are considering a career in technology. Additionally, 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. This year, 30 new Girl Scout badges were released, most of which involving STEM. Ranging from cybersecurity to astronomy, these new badges, along with over 30 STEM program events in the Girl Scouts—North Carolina Coastal Pines council this year allow girls to feel empowered through new experiences. TechnoQuest is one of the most popular and successful events in doing just that, and continues to thrive as an innovative and exciting way for Girl Scouts to unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader).
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.