Changing the World with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Girls are natural-born scientists! They look at the world around
them with inquisitive eyes, experiment and push boundaries, and learn
as they go.
We introduce Girl Scouts of every age to science, technology,
engineering, and math (STEM) to help them see how they can actually
improve the world—whether they're discovering how a car's engine runs,
learning to manage finances, or caring for animals.
We’d like every girl to explore different aspects of STEM every
year, so we’ve developed a unique, "fun with purpose" K–12
curriculum to inspire girls to embrace and celebrate scientific
discovery in their lives.
By inspiring girls to discover more of what they really care
about, Leadership Journeys are an
essential part of Girl Scouting. Girls explore a wide range of
interests along their Journeys—everything from the arts to the
outdoors and, of course, STEM.
For example, in the It's Your Planet—Love
It! series, girls can explore the natural world by learning about
the water cycle, completing energy audits, assessing air quality,
calculating their "food print" and learning kitchen science,
and figuring out how much trash is created and how to reduce it.
Recently refreshed to better reflect girls' interests and to focus
on twenty-first-century skills, several badge categories make
special use of STEM activities. For example:
Naturalist badges invite girls to explore the outdoors.
Digital Art badges help girls build valuable technology and
Science and Technology badges connect
girls to favorite science topics like video game development, the
physics of roller coasters, and the technology used to create new
Innovation badges encourage problem solving using
scientific methods from fields like anthropology, engineering,
graphic design, and business.
Financial Literacy badges
prepare girls for a financially sound future.
How Girl Scout STEM Programs Benefit Girls
This report highlights findings from evaluations conducted by the
Girl Scout Research Institute of nationally funded Girl Scout STEM
programs. It illustrates just some of the benefits to Girl Scouts when
they participate in STEM programming, particularly in relation to
social and emotional impacts.
Volunteers Can Do It! Preparing Non-STEM Volunteers to Inspire
Girls in Engineering: Lessons from Engineer Your Journey
With funding from the Noyce Foundation, GSUSA
and Techbridge developed and implemented the
Engineer Your Journey (EYJ) program. Learn how the program exposed
more girls to STEM fields by strengthening Girl Scout volunteers'
skills and readiness to lead STEM-related activities.