On March 3-4, 2017, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines hosted the annual Reach for the Stars! Overnight event, which exposed Girl Scouts to topics related to space and the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The overnight event was held at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and served over 70 Girl Scout Brownies in Orange County.
Reach for the Stars! Overnight provided girls with hands-on experiences exploring science in a fun and educational environment. The event included girls participating in “Science Live,”an interactive science demonstration that brings current scientific discoveries to life. Girls watched and participated as the show presenters conducted exciting science experiments. Girls even took a look into telescopes to observe the night sky before falling asleep under the planetarium’s cloudless sky filled with twinkling stars.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), STEM girls have stronger support networks overall in the planning of their careers and futures. In particular, 75% of STEM girls have parents that encourage them to think about what they want to do when they grow up. 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.
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.