Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
According to the National Science Foundation, women make up only 25 percent of the technology workforce, putting girls at a disadvantage in the job market. Girl Scouts has a tradition of encouraging girls to explore and enjoy mathematics, science and technology. Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, challenged conventional ideas about what girls should do. In 1920, she helped introduce the Economist and Businesswomen badges.
Today, innovative, hands-on Girl Scout curriculum in sciences, technology, engineering and math strengthens the natural aptitudes of girls, and acquaints them with new career options and tools for future independence.
Our Educational Initiative programs include:
- STEM Sampler (4-8) – The STEM Sampler program offers innovative, cooperative, and learning-by-doing experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math to girls. The STEM sampler program contains two lessons each in science, technology, engineering and math. These experiences will give girls a greater sense of self-confidence in their abilities and will help open new doors of opportunities to young women leaders of tomorrow.
- The Marvels of Math – This STEM program offers innovative, cooperative, and learning-by-doing experiences in math to girls in grades 4-5 and 6-8. The program meets a variety of PA Academic Standards for Math including Numbers, Mathematical Reasoning, Measurement and Estimation, Mathematical Problem Solving and Geometry. The program’s effectiveness is evaluated by a pre and post test given to each girl, an instructor survey and a survey of service for participating sites.