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Space Science

Space Science

At GSNorCal, girls of all ages can explore the science of our universe through a variety of programs and events, travel, clubs, and starting July of 2018... new Space Science badges!

Like real space scientists, Daisies explore and observe the Sun, Moon, and stars while looking at the sky and talking about what they see. Brownies investigate the complexities of the sky and learn to see things in new ways. Juniors venture through the Solar System and beyond, seeing that space is even bigger than they imagined. 

Thanks to the NASA-funded Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts (aka Girl Scout Stars) supporting close partnerships with the SETI Institute, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and more, all Girl Scouts levels will soon have Space Science badges. Keep an eye out for older girl badges starting fall of 2019.

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Astronomy Events

Looking to admire the night sky with other space enthusiasts? Check the Activity Finder (search keyword “astronomy” and “night”) for GSNorCal-hosted events where girls can spend an evening discovering the wonders beyond Earth. 

Or find a public astronomy event near you through your local Night Sky Network astronomy club.

Local Field Trips

From San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences to Chico Community Observatory, Northern California is home to dozens of science museums, planetariums, and space observatories that make great field trips. Check your local area for more space science field trip opportunities.

Psst - When visiting the California Academy of Sciences, don't forget to use the sales code "GirlScoutsNorCal" for special discounted tickets! 

Travel Opportunities

Ready for an adventure in space exploration? Check out GSUSA's upcoming Destinations. From Astronomy Camp to Space Academy, these travel programs invite girls to connect with experts, use specialized tools, and explore new intergalactic challenges. 

Girl Scout Astronomy Clubs

Love space? Join a Girl Scout Astronomy Club, where Girl Scouts 8th grade and older can explore the cosmos, plan field trips, enjoy night sky viewings, and more space related activities!

If you are interested in joining the East Bay club, please sign up up through the Activity Finder, using the search term "astronomy".

To inquire about joining the North Bay club, or starting a club in a new area, please contact info@gsnorcal.org.

Space Science Program Boxes

Solar System Box: Select the perfect combination of activities for your girls to explore the Sun, Earth, Moon, planets, and eclipses. Originally designed to complement the 2017 solar eclipse, this all-level box includes a leader guide, along with materials for 14 hands-on activities. Rent the box, or use the curriculum materials below:

Girls Go to Mars Box: Explore the science of our own planet and our closest planetary neighbors, Venus and Mars. This patch-earning program for Cadettes, developed in partnership with the SETI Institute, can be earned by renting a program box or sourcing your own materials to use with the curriculum here.

About Space Science Badges

To earn the Space Science badges, girls need to complete five steps, choosing one of the three activity choices for each step. Designed to take three meetings, the Space Science badges can be completed using the troop leader materials in the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), using the Badge Booklet available in GSNorCal Shops, or using both! The badge booklets are colorful and fun for girls, while the VTK includes links to additional resources and downloadable PDFs.

Since receiving funding from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in 2015, GSNorCal has been working with the SETI Institute, GSUSA, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and other space science educators to develop a new series of Space Science badges for Girl Scouts at every program level. New badges for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors were released July of 2018, with new badges for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors available starting fall of 2019.

Older girls can still get started with Girl Scout's current space science resources, including our Girls Go To Mars program box for Cadettes, Solar System program box for all levels, the Night Owl badge for Cadettes, and the Sky badge for Seniors.

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