Girl Scouts of OC Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM
Girl Scouts of Orange County Ignites Girls’ Interest in STEM with STEMsational ME badge!
Girls lose or gain interest, skill, and confidence in STEM by the 8th grade – a startling statistic made more alarming given that women make up half of the workforce, but only 25% of STEM professions (U.S. Department of Commerce). Girl Scouts of Orange County is working to change this by developing girls’ love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) before they reach this critical tipping point. The leadership development organization recently introduced STEMsational ME!, a new STEM badge exclusively for Orange County Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5).
Whether you have a sporty girl, a creative girl, or an engineer in training, STEMsational ME! is all about encouraging all 4th and 5th grade girls to explore how they use STEM every day to be themselves and offers exciting, hands-on activities for them to engage with STEM right here in Orange County. From taking a surf lesson, to visiting one of our many local art museums and performance halls, to learning how to code, this Girl Scout badge is packed with fun activities that show girls STEM is for them.
Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Nancy Nygren shared, “We are so proud to partner with Orange County STEM companies on this important work. As a STEM girl myself, I know that STEM skills like critical thinking and problem solving are vitally important to every young woman’s future, regardless of her career path.”
STEMsational ME! was developed in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Consortium, a group of leading OC STEM Companies dedicated to bringing high-quality and diverse STEM program experiences to more than 21,000 Girl Scouts across Orange County. This is the second badge to be developed by the Consortium. My STEM Life was launched last year to encourage Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) to explore STEM in Orange County and see how it fits into their everyday life and future.
Girl Scouts are busy earning their STEMsational ME! and My STEM Life badges all across Orange County and have participated in STEM events hosted by STEM Consortium companies. New STEM Consortium member and leading manufacturer of advanced digital devices Roland DGA recently held a Design with Technology workshop where girls got hands-on experience exploring STEM using vinyl cutters to create personalized backpacks, impact printers to imprint photos directly onto metal dog tags, and even created working circuit boards.
And on November 2nd, Girl Scouts STEM Consortium member PAAMCO hosted “Smart Cookie Gets Ahead” for Girl Scout Juniors working on the STEMsational ME! badge. In addition to meeting PAAMCO’s STEM professionals, girls learned how to give a compelling cookie sales pitch and provided feedback to their peers. They also learned how to create a field trip budget that they could use when planning how they will spend their cookie proceeds.
Spark your daughter’s love of STEM. Join Girl Scouts today! www.girlscoutsoc.org/joinGS
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