Whoever we are, wherever we’re from, each of us has our own associations with the Moon, Sun, and stars. Observing the universe around us and making meaning from what we see are a part of being human!
From gazing up at the stars to watching a video on the latest NASA mission, it’s no surprise many older girls are curious about our universe and want to better understand the how and why of our planet and beyond. Luckily there are tons of opportunities for older girls to learn about space science with Girl Scouts!
Whether your troop keeps up with every newly-discovered exoplanet, or just likes to imagine alien civilizations, there are so many ways to connect with your inner astronaut, from the five new Girl Scout astronomy badges to STEM interest groups and more.
Starting a STEM club is an easy way to collect like-minded and enthusiastic girls and volunteers all interested in STEM, and focus on those activities in a way you might not be able to in your wider troop. Here are four easy steps to get started:
On September 19, 2019, GSNorCal hosted a special reception in San Francisco called Celebrating G.I.R.L.s. to celebrate and recognize the very best of Girl Scouts. The event honored Girl Scout alums who have been recognized in tech, journalism, even the Olympics, who point to Girl Scouts as the turning point of their personal and professional successes. Even GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo gave a stirring keynote speech.
Have a problem to solve? Sometimes a machine is the answer! What better way to help your girls learn problem-solving skills that help make the world a better place than with one of our Mechanical Engineering badges!
The three free STEM Journeys released in fall 2018 offer girls the opportunity to Think Like an Engineer, Think Like a Programmer, or Think Like a Citizen Scientist. Get started with these three easy steps!
From robots that vacuum your floor to those that can cook you dinner or perform surgery, robotics plays an important part in our lives. Learning how to program, design, and maybe even compete with a robot you’ve built may sound daunting to some, but Girl Scouts know that robotics success is within their reach!
Whether you’re gazing up at the twinkling stars from a blanket, peering at the rings of Saturn through a telescope, or marveling at images of distant galaxies taken by spacecraft, space sparks wonder and curiosity in everyone. Here are some tips on how to take advantage of our new Space Science badges!
Wondering why cybersecurity is such an important subject for girls to learn, or feeling nervous about leading the charge on a subject you might not know too much about? In the November STEM webinar, Muoi Tran Landivar, Security Awareness and Education Lead at Palo Alto Networks spoke about the new badges, and why they are so valuable to Girl Scouts and parents alike.
Cybersecurity, robotics, space science and beyond! In the past two years, GSUSA has released over 50 new STEM badges, and the Council STEM Staff is providing monthly STEM webinars to walk members through them!