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Girl Scouts love STEM!

At Girl Scouts, we’re committed to increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and ensuring that every girl has opportunities to explore and build potential career paths in these important fields.

Whether they’re discovering the chemistry of their favorite foods, becoming math whizzes, or going to space camp, girls are moving forward into the future. Girl Scouts recognizes that the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional of tomorrow is different from the STEM professional of yesterday.

The Girl Scout effect is proven: in the U.S., 90 percent of female astronauts, 80 percent of female tech leaders are Girl Scout alumna.

Nationally,  Girl Scouts supports STEM by adding new STEM badges and Journeys around space science, robotics, environmental science, engineering, and computer programming. 

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland engages girls in STEM through a number of events and activities throughout the year including:

Girls STEAM Ahead

GSCM’s annual Women in STEAM Festival bringing together Girl Scouts and professionals from across a variety of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) fields. Female professionals highlight careers in robotics, graphic design, biology, cosmetics, and architecture and more through hands-on workshops for girls and parents.

STEM Badges-in-a-Box

Program offerings for troops and groups to take STEM learning on the go. GSCM offers a variety of complete kits offering science, technology, engineering and math activities for girls of all ages. Includes activities around mechanical engineering, sustainability, finance, electricity, and more. 

GSCM Robotics

Girls in grades 1-8 can join one of GSCM’s robotics programs to gain hands-on engineering experience while earning robotics badges! In FIRST LEGO League (FLL), girls in grades 4-8 join a competitive robotics team where they use LEGO pieces to build and program an autonomous robot. Throughout the season from September to January, teams also researched and developed an innovative solution to a real-world problem. Teams showcase their robot and solution at the GSCM Robotics Competition in late January. FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) introduces girls in grades 1-3 to robotics using simple LEGO mechanicals in a fun, non-competitive environment. FLL Jr. also has teams research a problem in the community and develop an innovative solution. FLL Jr. teams then create a mechanical LEGO model of their solution to showcase at a FLL Jr. Expo at the end of the season. All FLL Jr. team receive an award for their participation. 

 

Additonal events can be found on the events calendar including programs revolving around the new badges! Girls can now explore space science, robotics, cybersecurity, mechanical engineering, and computer programming through a number of new badges and journeys from GSUSA.

For more information about GSCM’s STEM Program or additional resources for engaging girls in science, technology,engineering, art and math, email STEM@gscm.org