Girl Scouts add 23 new STEM badges

Girl Scouts get 23 new STEM badges

The Girl Scouts now have 23 new badges to equip young minds with skills in science, technology, education, and math. 

The badges require girls to master skills such as building a robot, to coding computers, even learning about cosmetics.

Women are underrepresented in STEM fields, and now the Girl Scouts are working toward bridging the gap.

Local troop leader Stacy Brown is excited about this opportunity for the scouts.

"Girls have such a creative way of doing things," Brown said. "Their minds wrap around things in different ways, and so not only do they have great ideas, they can attack these engineering problems just like everyone else, and usually give it some kind of decorative flair to make it more appealing to the eye as well."

Brown is also a teacher at Northside Elementary and is glad she can extend her work outside the classroom.

"Also being a Girl Scout troop leader, I realized I need to bring this to my girls. I can reach so many more girls because I have girls that aren't just in my school but in the community."

Two of her girls, Madison and Taylor, now know not only the Girl Scout Code, but computer code, too.

The troopers became my teachers, and I wasn't always sure they were speaking English.

"So you do the forever do, put it right there and then I guess move forward and then hit run so it's making the chickens move now," Madison explained.

But eventually the spark ignited and I figured it out.

Even though I didn't get to earn a badge, girls of all levels, from Daisies to Girl Scouts, will get to learn STEM skills. 

To check out the different badges, and what they have to do in order to achieve them, go to this link on the Girl Scout website: http://www.girlscouts.org/en/our-program/badges/badge_explorer.html 

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