photo: Girl Scouts via Twitter
The Girl Scouts have always been about more than just cookies, and now the nationwide youth organization is encouraging girls to excel in not just courage and leadership but also science and technology. The organization announced today that it is adding 23 new badges for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and the outdoors, marking what it called the largest programming rollout in a decade.
The new badges were announced a month after the Girl Scouts introduced 18 new badges for cybersecurity.
“We’re really excited because it’s really what girls need now,” Sylvia Acevedo of the Girl Scouts told USA Today. “They work with technology all the time and we want them not just to be users of technology but to know how to program and to code as well.”
So what’s a STEM-seeking scout got to do to earn a new badge? The sky’s the limit, but girls will get the opportunity to design robots, create algorithms, collect data for experiments and dabble in engineering projects. The badges were created with help from STEM-based industries including GoldieBlox, WGBH/Design Squad, the Society of Women Engineers, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Code.org and SciStarter.
Curious what else earns a Girl Scout a badge, click here for a complete list.
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