Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is excited to announce a generous $40,000 donation from the Duke Energy Foundation to help support TechnoQuest, a premier day-long event for girls focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
TechnoQuest serves over 250 middle and high school girls and provides opportunities to explore science and technology with professional women in STEM fields spanning from biology to computer programming to engineering. Through rotating workshops in lab settings, girls engage in experiments and activities that promote problem solving and creative thinking while developing more technical science and math skills. This year’s past events took place on November 10, 2018 in Raleigh, NC at Meredith College and on March 9, 2019 in Greenville, NC at East Carolina University.
Past TechnoQuest events included workshops such as 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 (VR) games, and Flying Drone Creator, where girls built their own drones using LEGO Bricks and motors to watch them take flight. Activities like these show girls that they can accomplish anything that they set their minds to while promoting experimentation in a safe and supportive environment. By encouraging Girl Scouts to build a foundation in STEM, Girl Scouts and Duke Energy are providing them with the skills and confidence they need to break glass ceilings and make an impact in the future.
“At Girl Scouts, we’re committed to increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math and ensuring that every girl has opportunities to explore and build potential career paths in these important fields,” said Lisa M.K. Jones, Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “With the generous support from Duke Energy, we can continue to bring hands-on STEM experiences for girls looking to increase their knowledge and interest in STEM.”
“Duke Energy is pleased to partner with Girl Scouts on TechnoQuest to provide new hands-on STEM learning opportunities for middle and high school girls,” said Marty Clayton, Duke Energy district manager. “We believe programs like this help our communities continue to grow and produce skilled workers who bring new thinking and innovations to our state and industry.”
The 2019 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will enhance educational programs focused on STEM and childhood reading proficiency – critical building blocks for student success from kindergarten through their professional careers.
According to a study by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), seventy-four percent of high school girls across the country are interested in STEM subjects. However, the study notes that perceived gender barriers are still high for girls and may help explain why STEM fields aren’t their top career choices. The study also mentions that girls who are interested in STEM have had greater exposure to STEM fields, through events like TechnoQuest, that provide them with learning opportunities and mentors.
STEM is a key program focus of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, headquartered in Raleigh, NC, which serves nearly 26,000 girls throughout the 41-county jurisdiction. Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines' overarching STEM umbrella hosts over 80 STEM programming events throughout the council each year.
For more information about Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and its leadership development programs for girls, please visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call (800) 284-4475.