Did you know that over the past 10 years opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields have grown three times more than any other career path? Oh, and over the next decade STEM job opportunities are expected to grow even more!
We are committed to filling the STEM pipeline with our Girl Scouts. The STEM conversation is everywhere through our schools, in the media, and it has certainly taken our online communities by storm.
You may have seen the powerful Verizon Wireless video, Inspire Her Mind which encourages more girls to follow a STEM path. The latest campaign #Ilooklikeanengineer is fighting against gender stereotypes.
There has also been much research about girls and women in STEM, including a study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute called Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Research tells us that studying the subjects in school is a start, but girls need more opportunities to see and connect with female STEM role models. They need to get hands on and see and try out what they would be doing day to day in a STEM career.
The research also shows that giving girls STEM opportunities as early as possible are critical in building their confidence to keep pursuing more skills.
We want our Girl Scouts from Kindergarten through 12th grade to have progressive, hands-on experiences and interact with role models who are the STEM leaders across our 47 counties. A key component to our STEM Program is the incredible partners we have who lend their expertise to our Girl Scouts.
As you kick off the year with your Girl Scouts, we hope you will check out our community partner page and see the many STEM opportunities across all four regions of our council.
There you will find something for every girl’s interest and age like…
The Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas – Daisy Girl Scouts will work on their Between Earth and Sky Journey by exploring soil, seed and plants. Brownie Girl Scouts will work on their Wonders of Water Journey by exploring the waterways of the Flint Hills.
Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas – Junior through Senior Girl Scouts will learn about regional plants and animals through a special Biology Day or explore the biology behind different blood types through an interactive “Who Dun It” mystery.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri – Brownie through Cadette Girl Scouts will learn about design, color, shape and texture at one of Kansas City’s premiere landmarks through this special architecture tour.
Cookie Construction – This experience for Cadette through Ambassador Girl Scouts provides multiple opportunities for teambuilding and role modeling as girls plan, design and build structures out of Girl Scout Cookie boxes.
And so many more… Please check out one or more of these incredible community partner programs this year. We know your girls will walk away excited and some new skills!
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