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STEM at Girl Scouts

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Girls are natural-born scientists! They look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes, experiment and push boundaries, and learn as they go. Research confirms that girls are keenly interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) — and that girls excel at it! Yet, for a variety of reasons, girls often don’t pursue STEM, starting as early as elementary school.

But we can change that. At Girl Scouts, we introduce girls of every age to STEM to help them see how they can actually improve the world—whether they're discovering how a car's engine runs, experimenting with kitchen chemistry, or caring for animals. Our unique, "fun with purpose" curriculum inspires girls to embrace and celebrate scientific discovery in their everyday lives.

 Check out our STEM badges and Leadership Journeys!

STEM Programs and Resources at GSSOAZ

We offer a variety of STEM programs at council, led by staff or our community partners! Explore regular programs below, and be sure to check out our council calendar to find other upcoming events and register your girl.

STEM Squad

Our monthly STEM program for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors!

At STEM Squad, girls ignite their natural curiosity and creativity as they build critical thinking and problem-solving skills related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. At each session, girls engage in hands-on STEM activities while working towards earning STEM badges for their age level.

To find upcoming STEM Squad sessions, check out the Upcoming Events list and search keyword "STEM Squad" or select the "STEM" category.

Team STEMinist

Our monthly STEM program for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors!

At Team STEMinist girls develop leadership abilities and technical skills that not only spark their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math but also set them up for future success. At each session, girls work towards earning STEM badges for their age level.

Frequently delivered in partnership with local STEM professionals and organizations, Team STEMinist also introduces girls to inspiring female mentors breaking barriers in these fields. 

To find upcoming Team STEMinist sessions, check out the Upcoming Events list and search keyword "Team STEMinist" or select the "STEM" category.

Reel Science

Explore the wonders of STEM at our family movie night!

Each month, we watch a movie while engaging in hands-on experiments that bring the scientific action on the silver screen to life. Girls develop creative thinking skills as they compare movie science with the real thing, and learn to connect movies and media to science, technology, engineering, and math concepts.

This program is for Girl Scouts of every age level. Volunteers and family are welcome to attend, too! 

To find upcoming Reel Science events, check out the Upcoming Events list and search keyword "Reel Science" or select the "STEM" category.

Astronomy Club

Reach for the stars with Girl Scouts!

In the summer of 2017, Ambassador Girl Scouts Sophia and Garvey were among ten Girl Scouts nationwide chosen to attend an intensive space science workshop at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Thanks to a grant from NASA and the SETI Institute, they returned home to establish Girl Scout Astronomy Clubs in our council.

Today, the Astronomy Club meets on a regular basis in both Tucson and Yuma, offering activities and programming for Girl Scouts of all ages.

To find upcoming Astronomy Club events, check out the Upcoming Events list and search keyword "Astronomy Club" or select the "STEM" category.

 

STEM Badge Boxes and Troop Visits

Robotics, cybersecurity, mechanical engineering—oh my!

You don't need a background in STEM to help your Girl Scout troop earn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics badges. Check out these resources designed to help you lead every meeting and activity with confidence.

  • Volunteer Toolkit: Find step-by-step meeting plans and resource guides for every STEM badge and Journey. Log-in to your "MyGS" account above, then use the drop-down menu to select "Volunteer Toolkit" and get started!
  • STEM Badge Boxes: Coming soon! We're designing readymade kits with supplies and instructions for earning specific STEM badges, which you will be able to check out from council and return after earning the badge. 
  • STEM Troop Visits:  Our STEM Specialist, Chinna Garza not only organizes council STEM programming but is also available to help your troop. She can get your girls started on a badge, connect you to community resources, and offer guidance and suggestions to volunteers on how to lead STEM activities. Contact her at cgarza@girlscoutssoaz.org to learn more.

  

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Did you know?  Girl Scouts who participate in girl-focused STEM programs:

  • Become better problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and inspirational leaders
  • Get better grades, earn scholarships, and follow more lucrative career paths
  • See STEM as the foundation for a meaningful and successful future