Girls, it doesn’t matter if you’re a computer whiz or someone who prefers Shakespeare to science, everyone can get in on the adventure when it comes to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.
There are many different ways you can explore, learn and grow when participating in STEM events with Girl Scouts. Maybe you’d like to learn to design a web site, or build a robot, or even go to outer space. The opportunities are unlimited when it comes to learning – challenge yourself or just try something new. You might be surprised at what you learn!
Girls Go Tech
Did you know? Women represent 46% of the total workforce but only 25% of the technology workforce! Getting girls interested in science, math, technology, and engineering is critical to their success in these subjects. Moving beyond simple science fair displays and computer games, the Girls Go Tech web site lets girls discover technology by exploring their everyday surroundings and high-tech careers. Cool games teach girls how to compose digital music and learn the codes used to build Internet home pages. The site also offers profiles of women in the fields of science, technology and math fields gives girls a fun and comprehensive perspective on what the future could be.
LMK – Let Me Know – an educational tech partnership between Microsoft and GSUSA
Let’s face it – you know way more about the web than your parents or even your teachers. The digital world rules your life – from chatting online with pals after school or secretly texting in-between classes – but sometimes your online life and your offline life can collide. From cyber bullies to creepy online predators, it’s up to you to help educate other girls about how to stay safe online.
Let Me Know is a new girl-led campaign between Microsoft and GSUSA that allows girls to share their online concerns with their peer “tech-perts” about the issues that affect them while raising awareness about how to keep girls (ages 13-17) safe when surfing the Web. In addition, parents have access to a site specifically geared to their needs, helping them get the tools necessary to understand and act on the swiftly changing world of online safety. This new campaign includes an interactive Web site for girls http://lmk.girlscouts.org as well as an e-newsletter and Web site for adults http://letmeknow.girlscouts.org/ to help get parents and girls talking about online safety.
So whether you’re scoping out your crush’s profile on Facebook or looking up facts for a research paper, the Internet and all of its digital allies can sometimes be overwhelming. Do your part to help educate your friends, parents and peers about the all the benefits and risks associated with having an online presence. Earn a patch for your participation and know that you’ve helped other girls, both older and younger, navigate the sometimes-rocky terrain of the Web.
Who knew LEGOs could help change the world? Way cooler than your science class, LEGO Robotics gives girls the chance to build and design their own fully functioning robot for the Long Island LEGO Robotic League Tournament. Participating in this project lets girls tackle real issues such as energy conservation and climate change while still having fun. Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to work together with adults on teams to build LEGO-robots and displays based on a certain theme in addition to competing in a series of contests. Members of the LEGO Robotics teams are taught the values of teamwork and cooperation while being exposed to science and engineering in a fun and supportive environment.
Lockheed Martin Science Career Exploration Fund
What do YOU want to be when you grow up? Have you ever dreamed about what its like to be a pilot, brain surgeon or software engineer? GSUSA is helping girls to think big about their career goals and get excited about the emerging career opportunities in the science and technology fields. This innovative program provides funds to develop activities on the local and national levels to enable Girl Scouts to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a supportive, hands-on, non-competitive environment, while promoting consideration of careers in these disciplines. Career fairs, field trips, job shadowings and other inspiring activities encourage girls to set high educational and career goals and provide an incentive for girls with science ability to enhance their education.
Some recent exceptional activities initiatives:
* Extreme Science Careers Leadership Institute National Destination
* CEO University: cutting-edge technology in the business world
* Marsville: creating sustainable habitats
* The Penguin Project: exploration in biomechanics
Lockheed Martin also sponsors Space Day, which connects girls, leaders, parents and space enthusiasts to advance math, science and technology education annually in May. Check back soon for updates!