Go Gold: Girl Scouts Rally Behind Science, Tech, Engineering and Math

It’s back-to-school time again! And for thousands of kids and teens across western Washington, that means it’s back to science class … even if it’s not everyone’s favorite subject.

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 1.44.59 PMThis is especially true for girls: only 14% of girls say they want to become scientists.

But this year, fourth and fifth graders in the Edmonds School District will be using something new to explore science, technology, engineering and math: special STEM Kits created by Gold Award Girl Scout Jessica Dyck.

 

“Science has always just clicked for me,” says Jessica. “I’ve always loved puzzles and how things work together, and I wanted to find a way to share my love of science with others. I wanted to help students understand the magic behind science.”

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Go Gold: “I Wasn’t Going to Let the Vandals Win”

One tenacious Girl Scout came back swinging after vandals destroyed her Gold Award project.

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When Girl Scouts go for their Gold Award, they typically put in over 100 hours of work, raise hundreds of dollars, and wrangle dozens of volunteers and community partners.

In short: they do a lot of work.

So when vandals ripped apart Girl Scout Candace Loftus’ Gold Award project—a Snoqualmie Valley Trail rest area with a bench, hitching rail, information sign and watering post—it was a big blow.

By the time the damage was discovered, her bench had been torn out of the ground, carved into and partially burned. The rest spot was empty and bare.

The first thing Candace felt was outraged. “I was angry and upset,” she says. “I felt so disappointed.” But the second thing Candace felt was determination: “I wasn’t going to let the vandals win!”

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Go Gold: Building a Brighter Future for Foster Kids

Kelsey KimThis summer, over 40 foster kids in western Washington will get the chance to play dress up, try on a cool career and make some great memories.

And it’s all because of Girl Scout Kelsey Kim.

To earn her Gold Award, this Bremerton high school student dedicated over 126 hours to build a space where foster kids can engage in play therapy at summer camp. Read more

Go Gold: 17 Ways Girl Scouts Changed Your Community This Year

This year, we honored seventeen amazing Girl Scouts from western Washington at our 2014 Gold Award Gala—along with eight of our sister Girl Scouts from eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Together, these young women dedicated over 2,500 hours to create change in their communities.

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Seven (Unusual!) Facts about Girl Scout Camp

Think you know everything about Girl Scout camp? Think again!

To celebrate Girl Scout Camp season—which kicked off on June 22—we’ve collected seven little-known fun facts about Camp Robbinswold, Camp River Ranch and Camp St. Albans. How many of these do you know?

1. Gnomes!

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Awesome Woman: Molly Lebowitz

Molly Lebowitz shares her LEGO-tastic journey through the world of engineering—plus, her coolest piece of advice for girls!

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Is there really a career where you get to play with LEGOs for a living?

Yes, there is! Molly Lebowitz (an engineering instructor and manager at Play-Well TEKnologies in Kirkland, WA), traded her career as an environmental engineer for an office made of toys.

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