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STEM

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Girls are natural-born scientists! They look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes, experiment and push boundaries, and learn as they go.

Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to help them see how they can improve the world—whether they're discovering how a car engine runs, learning to manage finances, or caring for animals.

Research shows that girls are keenly interested in STEM and excel at it. Yet, for a variety of reasons, girls often don’t pursue STEM—starting as early as elementary school.

We can change that! Let's encourage girls to see that STEM can help them make the world a better place.


When girls participate in Girl Scout STEM programs, they benefit in four important ways:

1. STEM Interest: Girls are excited about STEM subjects and want to learn more about them.
2. STEM Confidence: Girls have confidence in their STEM skills and abilities.
3. STEM Competence: Girls think scientifically to solve problems.
4. STEM Value: Girls learn the importance and relevance of STEM to people and society.

Experience STEM at GSOSW

Badges and Journeys

At a time when women account for half of the college-educated workforce but fill just 29 percent of science and engineering occupations, Girl Scouts is cultivating girls’ interest in STEM subjects from an early age, helping them build valuable STEM skills so they can take the lead. 

From Mechanical Engineering to Cybersecurity to Citizen Science, Girl Scouts has many new ways for girls to explore STEM!

Check out the new STEM badges and Journeys.

For more information, visit the Award and Badge Explorer. Volunteers can also access this new programming on the Volunteer Toolkit.

STEM Month Challenge
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Throughout the month of April, GSOSW highlights many of the ways that Girl Scouts can participate in STEM! Girl Scouts that participated in the 2019 STEM Month Challenge shared how STEM is used every day in their lives, tried something new by attending a STEM Month activity, explored a STEM career, and let us know how they will use what they’ve learned to make a difference in their community.

Submissions for the 2019 Girl Scout STEM Month Challenge have concluded!

Please check back on March 14, 2020, for information on next April’s Girl Scout STEM Month Challenge!

Questions about the STEM Month Challenge? Please contact: activities@girlscoutsosw.org

 

STEM Activities

Check out even more science, technology, engineering and math programming available through our program partners on our Activities page! Look for this symbol to discover STEM activities.

Is your organization interested in partnering with Girl Scouts to provide girl-led, cooperative, hands-on STEM programming? Find out more on our program partners web page. 


STEM Spotlight: Space Science

Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts
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Girl Scouts can explore the science of our universe through badges, clubs and travel thanks to the NASA-funded Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts in partnership with the SETI Institute, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and more!

“Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” is based upon a cooperative agreement (NNX16AB90A) from NASA’s Space Science Directorate through the SETI Institute.

New Space Science Badges!

Girls can learn all about the solar system and our place in it. Just like real space scientists, girls explore, observe and investigate the sun, moon and stars, and discover that space is bigger and even more exciting than they may have imagined.

To earn the Space Science badges, girls complete five steps, choosing one of three activity choices for each step. Designed to take three meetings, the Space Science badges can be completed using the troop leader materials in the Volunteer Toolkit, using the Badge Booklet available at GSOSW Shops, or both!

Keep an eye out for Cadette, Senior and Ambassador badges starting fall of 2019.

Join an Astronomy Club

Do you love space? Exploring the great unknown and pursuing answers? Do you enjoy helping others learn in fun and creative ways? Join a GSOSW Astronomy Club! Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will enjoy night sky viewing, try out space science activities, plan outreach events and connect with astronomy experts!

If you are interested in joining the Portland GSOSW Astronomy club, please contact gsoswastronomyclub@gmail.com.

To inquire about joining the Eugene club, or starting a club in your area, please contact activities@girlscoutsosw.org.

Astronomy Adventure

Ready for an adventure in space exploration?

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, in collaboration with the SETI Institute and the University of Oregon, hosts the Astronomy Adventure destination. You can join astronomers for solar observing by day, deep sky observing by night, and camp in the beautiful Deschutes National Forest of Central Oregon.

Learn more about this and other travel programs on GSUSA's Destinations page for more information. Applications for the 2020 Astronomy Adventure will open Fall 2019.