A STEM-Perfect Partnership with the Kansas City Zoo

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Sleep with penguin friends, get a visit from the zoomobile, bring GS Journeys to life, learn about animal behaviors or put your green thumb to the test while working alongside horticulture experts to plan and design zoo exhibits. It’s all possible because of a more than five year partnership with our friends at the Kansas City Zoo.

With similar goals to get more girls excited about what is possible through STEM, the KC Zoo designs programming specifically for Girl Scouts. By participating as a Girl Scout, girls get to experience activities and meet inspiring role models made available only through this partnership.

“We love the Girl Scouts!” Natali Rodgers, Guest Experience Manager and program creator and facilitator for the new STEM workshops said. “We go a lot of places and host many individuals, and we never see as many hands raise to answer questions or volunteer as we do when we are leading programs for Girl Scouts.”

Yes, our Girl Scouts rock and they exemplify courage, confidence, and character! However, we know that giving girls a safe, all-girl environment to learn new things and overcome challenges develops those three powerful C’s. So you are certainly seeing why this partnership is STEM-Perfect. Bringing together our eager future leaders (thank you to the amazing troop leaders and parents / caregivers for their encouragement and chaperoning) with the KC Zoo’s expert and inspiring staff is certainly how we will fill that STEM pipeline.

The KC Zoo offers programming for Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts. We are so excited about the brand new, special STEM Day workshops just for Juniors and Cadettes. The first one begins this Saturday and is 100% full, but don’t worry, there are three more that are just as exciting! Here’s a snapshot:

STEM Workshop 2 on Sept. 19: Girl Scouts will learn about the science behind animal nutrition, take a behind the scenes tour of the zoo’s animal nutrition kitchen and gain a better understanding about what goes into training some of the zoo’s animals by one of the zoo’s keepers.

STEM Workshop 3 on Oct. 3:  Girl Scouts will work alongside the zoo’s horticulture staff as they explore the importance of creating naturalistic exhibits and “dig” into what all goes into planting plants in animal exhibits as well as in guest areas.

STEM Workshop 4 on Oct 10: Girl Scouts will put their engineering skills into action as they learn about the needs of animals as they identify everything that goes into making a successful animal exhibit and then see a current exhibit problem and develop a solution.

“We want girls to get hands-on during our programs, interact with inspiring role models, see all the STEM careers available at the zoo and walk away with the confidence they can do anything,” Rodgers said.

Our friends at the KC Zoo are awesome! We are so appreciative of all the “out of the box” and innovative thinking they do to bring excellent program opportunities to girls. Give one or two of these programs a try, we think you will be inspired by what your Girl Scout will learn!

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