Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering the chemistry of their favorite foods, becoming math whizzes, or learning about careers in STEM fields, girls are moving forward into the future. They can learn techniques used by forensic scientists, build robots, plan for space exploration, design buildings and more.
Check out our events calendar to see the complete list of STEM opportunities for the year. Some of our most popular STEM programs include:
Techbridge and Girl Scouts of Central Maryland have joined together to offer five hands-on programs-in-a-box to inspire girls in science and engineering: Make It Green, Design Time, Power it Up!, Engineers to the Rescue, and ThrillBuilders. Each program bin covers a variety of science, engineering, and technology topics, and as well as activities that explore careers in these fields. All of the materials necessary to take STEM activities to your troop meeting, camping trip, or event are included. Training on how to use the boxes is provided to leaders and volunteers by Council staff and Techbridge trainers.
First LEGO League
Guided by adult mentors and their own imaginations, FLL students solve real-world engineering challenges and develop important life skills. FLL provides students age 9-14 with a hands-on, interactive robotics program in a sports-like atmosphere. Teams of up to 10 players focus on team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking to develop solutions to a problem currently facing the world. Contact STEM Specialist Stephanie Alphee at STEM@gscm.org for more information about joining GSCM’s First LEGO League team.
STEM Is Fun
Girls will enjoy hands-on activities part of eight sessions covering the areas of science, math, technology and engineering. These pre-packaged bins contain all of the consumable and non-consumable materials needed for girls to learn about butterflies, protecting our planet, finances, and becoming young engineers. These activities designed for girls K-3 can be used at troop meetings, during camp, or at an event. The bins cost $10 per girl, and can be checked out by troop leaders and adult volunteers that have completed training.
Chemistry in the Kitchen
In this program, girls of all ages will engage in hands-on activities to uncover the link between cooking and science. Girls will discover the properties of the everyday chemicals found in the kitchen and explore physical changes and chemical reactions by turning simple ingredients into delicious treats! Each girl will leave this event with a book full of fun chemistry experiments to do both in the kitchen and all around the house with friends or family members. Girls will receive a Kitchen Chemistry Patch. Check our events calendar to find out when the next session for your troop will be or contact STEM Specialist Stephanie Alphee at STEM@gscm.org to find out more information on this program.
Girls will explore the mysteries of science as they work with electricity, air pressure, and water. They will meet and work alongside women scientists who will answer questions and share their knowledge. All girls who attend this event will earn and receive the Science Wonders fun patch. To register for this event, please visit our events calendar or contact STEM Specialist, Stephanie Alphee at STEM@gscm.org for more information.
Dream, Design, Do! Women in STEAM Festival
This inaugural festival will introduce Juniors and Cadettes to a variety of careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and art. Girls will participate in hands-on workshops led by female professionals in a wide range of STEAM fields including aeronautics, robotics, architecture, and graphic design. Parents will even have an opportunity to learn about STEAM careers and how to encourage girls to pursue STEAM. During the Women in STEAM Career Panel girls will interact with female scientists, engineers and technologists to learn what it’s like to be a woman in STEAM fields. This event will be held at GSCM on November 14, 2015. To get involved in this event, or for more information contact STEM Specialist Stephanie Alphee at STEM@gscm.org.
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