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Across America, there is a growing gap between males and females in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails has identified the STEM initiative as a significant area of focus for the council by partnering with organizations, schools, and funders to bridge this gap.  In 2015, GSNMT provided STEM programming to over 3,000 girls through school, community, and Girl Scout events this year. The STEM initiative is designed to encourage girls to explore science ideas and topics. By delivering engaging and fun STEM activities we hope to give girls the unique and fun experience that many career scientists have, which would put them on the path to a career in science. 

Daisy and Brownie Troops: want to be a part of Girl Scout history? Help us test brand new space science badges in collaboration with NASA! 

To find out more, read below:

Help Test the NEW Space Science Badges

Girl Scouts of the USA has teamed up with Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, SETI Institute, ARIES, University of Arizona, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to create a new series of space science badges in collaboration with NASA! 

We are looking for 8 Daisy and 8 Brownie troops to volunteer their time to test the space science badge. No experience necessary with space science or leading science activities – we aim to include volunteers with a broad range of experiences.

Why participate? Your girls will… 

  • Learn about space science and engage in scientific inquiry while they explore the sky 
  • Develop communication skills through the opportunity to provide feedback on the badge
  • Receive a Girl Scout Stars Badge Test Pilot patch – designed solely for participating pilot councils
  • Help develop a new badge, and be part of history! 

What’s Involved

Participating troops will be required to complete the badge in either 2 (Daisies) or 3 (Brownies) meetings between October 5 and January 12, 2018, and to participate in our pilot research. This includes:

Badge Activities

  1. Use the Badge Requirements booklet or access the activities through GSUSA’s online Volunteer Toolkit test site.
  2. Prepare for the activities and gather supplies as you would for any other badge.
  3. Complete all activities required to earn the badge. The Daisy badge is designed for 2 60-min meetings; the Brownie badge is designed for 3 90-min meetings. 

Research Activities

  1. Provide an information sheet to troop parents.
  2. Have each girl complete a pre- and post-badge questionnaire. 
  3. Complete a post-badge volunteer survey.
  4. Access badge activities as assigned (either badge booklet or VTK).

Interested in Participating?

Fill out a brief form by June 12, 2017

 

 

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Girl Scouts' approach to STEM is unique because:

  • STEM experiences are framed within the context of leadership: As girls participate in Girl Scouting, they develop leadership skills to make the world a better place. Research shows girls are more interested in STEM careers when they know how their work can help others.
  • The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls through the three Girl Scout processes of: girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning.
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Here's how these processes provide quality STEM experiences for girls:

  • Girl-led: Even when a girl has an interest in STEM, she might find that boys take the lead in a school environment due to unspoken assumptions about gender roles. Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek challenges. The girl-led process encourages girls to decide which topics they want to explore and how they want to go about it.
  • Learning by doing: Research shows that, particularly with STEM, youth need to be hands-on, active learners. The learning-by-doing process encourages this approach. In addition, Girl Scouts' learning-by-doing process involves a reflection step that asks girls to think about how a given activity worked and what they would do differently in the future—a key skill in scientific testing and conducting experiments.
  • Cooperative learning: In general, girls prefer a collaborative leadership style, rather than the traditional, top-down, "command and control" approach. The cooperative learning process gives girls the opportunity to develop leadership and STEM skills in a way that might feel most comfortable.

"I think some girls don’t like science because they don’t think  it’s something girls should do. They think science is a boy subject. But, I’m a girl and I love science and seeing how things work."

                                                                        - Sarah, 8 year old Girl Scout