Archive for STEM

Sneaky Science: Getting More Girl Scouts into STEM

Mainbanner_ScienceWorkshops_FINALAt Girl Scouts of Western Washington, we’re always looking for new ways to engage girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

So last spring, we gathered a group of girls together to talk science. They were in grades K-8 and from diverse, low-income communities where access to STEM opportunities is often limited. We didn’t tell the girls what the conversation was about beforehand—we wanted to see their immediate, real-time response to the idea of STEM programming.

When we introduced the word “science,” their reactions were alarming.

Several girls walked out. Others said we’d tricked them. Almost every girl said science was boring, and many said it was difficult, hard or frightening. Almost no one could describe what an engineer does.

We took those reactions as a challenge: how could we get these girls to engage with STEM—without scaring them off? Read more

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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Awesome Woman: Molly Lebowitz

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

Molly Leibovitz

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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5 Reasons Why the World Needs More Girl Scouts

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One hundred and two years ago today—on March 12, 1912—the very first Girl Scout Troop was founded by Juliette Gordon Low.

A few months before, she had called a friend and said, “I’ve got something for the girls of Savannah, and all of America, and all the world, and we’re going to start it tonight!” And she wasn’t kidding.  Read more

Awesome Woman: Gillian Muessig

Gillian Muessig

Though countless girls and women regularly express just how profoundly they were impacted by the Girl Scout program, the friends they made, the leaders they had, the camps they attended and the sense of belonging they experienced, Gillian Muessig’s Girl Scout story hits you square in the jaw. Perhaps it is just her passion for paying it forward that carries so much weight. Read more

Awesome Woman: Shannon O’Donnell

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When you turn on your TV to watch the weather, it usually appears as though the people you’re watching could give their reports with their eyes closed. They’re confident, funny, comfortable behind the camera and super knowledgeable about the subject.

Ever wonder what things look like before the camera starts to roll?

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