We encourage girls to have fun, do what they love, and never back down from a big adventure. So when we saw a huge gap between how many girls enjoy science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and how many girls actually chose a career in it, we wanted to do something about it! According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Generation STEM, 81 percent of girls are interested in STEM, yet only 13 percent say it’s their first choice. In order to encourage buddings scientists of all ages, we offer a super-fun curriculum with tons of options. Girls can make their own slime, design their own experiments, test a myth of their choice, and even program a LEGO robot!
Learn more about the research: Generation STEM Summary
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) has a strong, successful history of providing FIRST programming. Since 2008 when the organization launched its FIRST LEGO program, it has supported over 55 teams and close to 400 girls.
Our program continues to grow and involve more girls in robotics. For the 2014-15 season, GSGCNWI will support 18 teams and 100 girls engaging three levels of FIRST programming, Jr.FLL, FLL and FTC.
As our program grows, our teams continue to excel. Last year we had two teams advance to the State Tournament and multiple teams with Qualifying Tournament awards. Two teams earned the Core Values award for great teamwork, two teams received the Rookie Team award, a team earned the Judges’ award and one team received the Robot Design Award.
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