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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.

STEM At-home Program
Space Mission Experience

SPACE MISSION EXPERIENCE WEBINAR (GRADES 6-12):  Interview with an Astronaut Dr. Sandra Magnus and GSOSW’s very own Girl Scout Erin! Watch now!

SPACE MISSION EXPERIENCE WEBINAR (GRADES K-5): Interview with an Astronaut Captain Wendy Lawrence and Girl Scout Katelyn. Watch now!

Space Exploration: Mars to the Stars

SPACE EXPLORATION: MARS TO THE STARS FOR GRADES 6-12: Join experts for an overview of the 2020 Mars mission and the stars beyond. Click the link and fill out the necessary information to view a recording from the live virtual event. Get started!

SPACE EXPLORATION: MARS TO THE STARS FOR GRADES K-5: Join experts for an overview of the 2020 Mars mission and the stars beyond. Click the link and fill out the necessary information to view a recording from the live virtual event. Get started!

The Great Space Challenge

Do you love looking at the stars and exploring the world around you? From July 10 to August 31, 2020, you can participate in the Great Space Challenge. All you need to do is observe and learn about the night sky in the great outdoors or from the comfort of your homes—telescopes aren’t necessary, just curiosity! Get started!

Make a Solar Oven

Looking for a new way to cook your s'mores? You can convert the sun's energy into heat in a solar oven to make the perfect s'more! Learn how today!

Light Spinner - The Newton Disk

Explore the properties of white light by creating your very own color spinner, called a Newton Disc! This fun activity will help complete Step One of the Cadette Space Science Researcher badge. Get started!

Pi Day

Have fun learning about the fascinating and important mathematical ratio Pi. Check out the Pi Day activity booklet!

Girls Get STEM

Unleash your inner citizen scientist! Explore family STEM activities, check out educational videos and companion curriculum, and take a virtual field trip. Learn more and get started.

Earn STEM Badges, Patches and Journeys

STEM Month Challenge

Girl Scouts can explore STEM throughout the month of April by taking on the Girl Scout STEM Month Challenge sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union! To earn a special STEM Month patch, complete the following steps:

  1. Seek out STEM in your life.
  2. Try something new.
  3. Explore STEM careers.
  4. Make a difference in your community.

Once you complete all four steps, fill out this STEM Month Challenge Submission Form to tell us about your experience, and we'll send you a STEM Month Challenge patch! The submission form is open until May 31, 2021.

Questions about the STEM Month Challenge? Contact

Oregon Dairy Patch

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. 

All of the steps to complete this fun and educational program patch have at-home options. Learn where milk comes from, how it is processed, how dairy can play a role in our nutrition and what careers are possible in the wide world of dairy. Check out the Oregon Dairy Patch activity booklet!

STEM 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 Spotlight: Space Science
Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts

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!

Explore, observe and investigate the Solar System and our place in it! Discover that space is bigger and even more exciting than you may have imagined. Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors can learn all about sun, moon, planets and stars. Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can learn about light – its properties and how we use it to make discoveries – and our place in the universe. Explore your interests, share your knowledge and learn how you can be a part of NASA.

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!

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! 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

If you are interested in joining the Willamette Valley GSOSW Astronomy club, please contact

To inquire about starting a club in your area, please contact

Discover space, try at-home activities and stay connected with the monthly Space Girls Gazette newsletter, produced by girl members of the GSOSW Astronomy Club.