Archive for STEM

10 Awesome Silver Award Projects That Blew Us Away!

SilverAward_PageBannerOver the past year, 243 local Girl Scouts from eleven counties completed almost 13,000 hours of service through 115 Silver Award Projects. Those are some incredible numbers!

Projects ranged from hosting a gigantic career fair and helping recruit guide dog volunteers, to teaching girls about snap circuits and building a sustainable greenhouse entirely out of plastic bottles. How cool is that?

Here’s a snapshot of just ten of these great projects—get ideas, get inspired, or just get excited about the amazing girls who are making a difference in our community … Read more

Ready to Meet Some Third and Fourth Grade Girl Scout Engineers?

Meet the Terrific Tech Bots from Edmonds, who can now add robot programmer to their resume!

IMG_1709The Terrific Tech Bots are one of Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s 13 teams in the FIRST LEGO League engineering program this season – one of many science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences that girls have access to through Girl Scouts. The program allows all-girl teams the chance to explore the world of robotics and learn how to work as a team to put a project together.

The girls started the season not knowing one another and never even had exposure to robotics or engineering. In fact, one of the girls had never even played with LEGOs before. And just as quickly as they began their new adventure, they finished with a complete robot that made it all the way to the state semi-finals! Read more

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

Happy Birthday

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