Girl Scouts Celebrate National STEAM Day

Written by Stacie Simpson

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Imagine girls taking on some of the biggest challenges and problems our planet faces—and helping solve them. Or having careers that are engaging and well paid. Imagine girls paving the way in innovation and design. And teaming up with peers to invent the future. Girls are making this dream into a reality every day, thanks to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

Research shows that girls are interested in STEAM and excel at it. Yet, for a variety of reasons, girls often don’t pursue STEAM opportunities—starting as early as elementary school.

But we can change that! Let your girl see that STEAM can help her make the world a better place! Girl Scouts who participate in girl-focused STEAM programs…

  • Become better problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and inspirational leaders
  • Get better grades, earn scholarships, and follow more lucrative career paths
  • See STEAM as the foundation for a meaningful and successful future

Perhaps she’d like to…build a robot, create an app, invent a medical device, develop a video game, design a car, protect the world’s wildlife, send a spacecraft to a far galaxy, cure a disease, keep the ocean clean, study the stars… The possibilities are truly endless!

Help girls become STEAM Superstars! Access your how-to guide here.

Girls enjoy STEAM activities most when they’re hands-on and collaborating with friends or troop sisters. Girl Scouts with robotics experience consider working with others on a team (77%) and building things with their hands (73%) the most important components of STEAM activities. Girls can customize their STEAM experience with one or more of Girl Scouts’ NEW! Journeys and badges for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (K-5th grade).

  • Engineering: Think Like an Engineer Journey. Girls discover how to think like an engineer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project.
  • Computer Science: Think Like a Programmer Journey. Girls learn how programmers solve problems as they (girls) participate in interactive computational-thinking activities and complete a Take Action project.
  • Outdoor STEM: Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey. Girls practice the scientific method by undertaking a citizen science project. They make observations, collect data, and work with scientists who provide feedback on research and findings. Girls also complete a Take Action project.
  • Robotics badges: Girls design their own robots after learning how they’re built and programmed. “Unplugged” activities allow girls to earn badges without buying kits.
  • Mechanical Engineering badges: Girls complete hands-on engineering activities, such as building and testing rollercoasters, race cars, and gliders (Daisies and Brownies only).

With girls and STEAM – our future is bright!