Did you know? In the United States, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in middle school. By high school, only 0.3% girls plan to major in Computer Science—Girl Scouts is on a mission to change that (Source)!
At Girl Scouts of Northern California, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) encompasses everything from protecting California’s beloved natural resources, to building robots with NASA and Google. In our diverse set of STEM programs, girls develop leadership abilities and technical skills that not only spark an invested interest in science and technology, but also set them up for future success.
When girls participate in Girl Scout STEM programs, they benefit in four important ways:
- STEM Interest: Girls are excited about STEM subjects and want to learn more about them.
- STEM Confidence: Girls have confidence in their STEM skills and abilities.
- STEM Competence: Girls think scientifically to solve problems.
- STEM Value: Girls learn the importance and relevance of STEM to people and society.
STEM Programs include:
Badges and Journeys: From Mechanical Engineering to Cybersecurity to Citizen Scientist, Girl Scouts has many new offerings! A list of new and upcoming STEM badges and Journeys is available here.
Please note: many of these new materials are available for free, and only on the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK). For tips on using, visit our VTK support page. For a list of all STEM related badges by program level, check out GSUSA’s Badge Explorer.
Program Events:To find upcoming STEM events, check out the Activity Finder and search keyword "STEM".
Program Boxes: Earn a patch or badge while exploring STEM concepts like engineering, space science, and technology. Boxes include materials and curriculum. Learn more and reserve your program box here!
Robotics: Information on robotic opportunities including events, programs, teams, and robotic kits to borrow.
Space Science: Resources on new Space Science badges, astronomy clubs, star parties, and more!
Discover Together: Our afterschool STEM series for girls attending underserved schools.
Interested in volunteering? There are many ways for STEM professionals and students pursuing STEM fields to share their interests with girls. Find out how you can inspire girls and volunteer!