Hi, my name is Michelle Higgins. I am on staff with the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and I am passionate about bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, experiences to girls and women of all ages. I have degrees in mathematics and physics and am working on a PhD in gender and the mathematics classroom. I often talk with adults who want to know how to get their girls excited in STEM when they themselves are not a science or math person.  So, I wanted to share some exemplary practices from the SciGirls Seven as a first step in engaging girls in STEM. You might notice that they sound familiar to the three Girl Scout leadership keys - Discover, Connect and Take Action- and the three processes -  Girl-Led, Learn by Doing, and Cooperative learning - from the Girl Sc…

    15 2014
  • Silver Award Boot Camp!

    As you may know, one of the best parts about being a Cadette Girl Scout is earning a Silver Award!  You get to look at your community through the lens of leadership, and use your resources to make an empowered change on an issue that you are passionate about.  So what better way to earn this prestigious award than with other likeminded leaders? This month, fourteen of our go-getter Cadettes signed up for the EPIC 5 day adventure at Silver Award Boot Camp!  The girls spent the first few days earning the MEdia Journey; They analyzed how young girls and women are represented in today’s media, and discussed the ways in which the media can be a help AND a hindrance to our daily lives.  After their research, the girls felt empowered to complete a Take Action Project by sharing their newfoun…

    12 2014
  • Ensure Our Girls' Safety - Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Background Checks

      Girl Scouts is the world's premier girl-serving organization, and as such, our first priority has always been the safety and healthy development of the girls we serve. Congress is currently considering bipartisan legislation, the Child Protection Improvements Act, that will allow youth-serving organizations access to FBI checks and that will make volunteer and staff background checks more accessible, faster, and more affordable. Please Take Action and send a message to your elected Congressional representative about the importance of ensuring the safety of our youth! 

    09 2014
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