Imagine having a career that lets you be creative, active, and well-paid, all while changing the world for the better. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills can help you get there! Team up to do engaging experiments, like extracting DNA from a banana, learn about and meet female scientists who can be role models, and explore STEM careers and find out how scientists can make the world a better place.
Girls push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes: we’re natural scientists! Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to STEM experiences relevant to everyday life. Whether it’s discovering how a car’s engine runs, how to manage finances, or exploring careers in STEM fields, girls are fast-forwarding into the future.
Girl Scouts’ Unique Approach to STEM
In Girl Scouts, STEM experiences are framed within the context of leadership, helping girls develop the skills they need to make the world a better place. Research shows that girls are more interested in STEM careers when they know how their work can help others. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls through the three Girl Scout processes:
Girl-led: Even when a girl has an interest in STEM, she might find that boys take the lead in a school environment. Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek challenges, where they decide what they want to explore and how they want to go about it.
Learning by doing: Kids need to be hands-on, active learners, especially with STEM. In Girl Scouts, learning-by-doing involves a reflection step so girls can think about how the activity worked and what they would do differently in the future—a key skill in the scientific process.
Cooperative learning: Many girls prefer a collaborative leadership style, rather than the traditional, top-down, “command and control” approach. Cooperative learning helps girls develop leadership and STEM skills in a way that many will find most comfortable.
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is currently in the process of launching this program. This flexible four-unit program can be conducted in four or eight sessions, in or out of school. No complex equipment is required! We are looking for schools that might be interested in participating in the program, girls who have an interest in science or science related careers, and STEM businesses interested in partnering with us to share their expertise and skills. For more information, contact Melissa Mason.