How Girl Scouts Encourages Girls To Pursue Careers In Science

26 Juillet, 2017, 01:43 | Author: Marc Bacque
  • The organization announced Tuesday it's adding 23 new badges related to science technology engineering math and the outdoors

Per the Associated Press, CEO Sylvia Acevedo hopes the new badges will inspire girls to "think like a maker" - to feel that they can influence the technology landscape rather than simply participate in it. To combat that idea and to shrink the gender gap in these fields, we have to reach girls early and make sure they see the same inclusion, the same access to opportunities as young boys.

Engineering, math, science, technology and the outdoors, serious categories for Girl Scout badges, but they're the basis for some serious fun too. And if you think that acronym is nothing more than a marketing ploy, take a look at the new merit badges they're providing girls of all ages. You know, my troop leader saw me looking at the stars one night during an outdoor adventure and she taught me that there were constellations and encouraged me to earn my science badge. "It's really what girls need now". I have to say, I'm pretty jealous of anyone who gets to be a Girl Scout today.

And now GSUSA says the 23 new badges represent the largest programming rollout for scouts in almost a decade, and presents the opportunity to "create algorithms, design robots and racecars, go on environmentally conscious camping trips, collect data in the great outdoors, try their hand at engineering, and so much more".

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The Girl Scouts also announced collaborations with numerous STEM-focused organizations that will assist their members, including Code.org, GoldieBlox, Sci-Starter, Society of Women Engineers, WGBH/Design Squad Global, and Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

The new badges are available this week. "They want to do that kind of coding", Acevedo said. The Boy Scouts are a separate organization; we're a completely different organization and we are focused every day on creating girls of courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. In June, the Girls Scouts also announced the arrival of badges in cybersecurity.

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