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STEM@GSWESTOK – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for Girls

Girls are natural scientists—they push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes. 

Every girl deserves the chance to explore the fascinating world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). We’ve designed activities and experiences for girls so they can discover what they care about and decide how they will change the world.

OUR APPROACH

STEM experiences are framed within the context of leadership: as girls participate in Girl Scouting, they develop leadership skills to make the world a better place. Research shows girls are more interested in STEM careers when they know how their work can help others.

The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls through the three Girl Scout processes - girl led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning.

Girls earn cool badges and patches to recognize their accomplishments!

For more information, check out our calendar for upcoming STEM events or contact us at STEM@gswestok.org.

 

Our STEM programs include:

STEM Kits In A Box - Sponsored By EPSCoR
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Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, administered by Oklahoma EPSCoR, we bring STEM Kits in a Box to girls of all grade levels Daisy through Ambassador! Each kit contains three to five STEM activities for girls and includes step-by-step instructions for volunteers. Each kit is designed for age-appropriate and girl-relevant topics. Girls who complete all activities for their age level earn the STEM patch!

DELL: Powering The Possible
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We introduce girls to the world of game programming through Girl Scouts “Be the Video Game Designer” website. Other opportunities include computer programming, coding and game design using several platforms including code.org and Scratch.

This program is made possible through a grant from DELL.

DEVON: Geoscience Programming
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We are proud to welcome Devon Energy as our official corporate sponsor for our STEM program. Devon now has Geology and Engineering STEM Kits in a Box in alignment with Girl Scout Programming.

Through our partnership with Devon, we are offering our girls a one-of-a-kind geology- and engineering-focused STEM program. We will also be able to offer girls a better understanding of STEM education and careers in the industry.

The “Devon GeoScience Program” kits will provide hands-on activities that are age appropriate and personalized specifically for each Girl Scout program level. The kits will also include detailed instructions to assist our volunteers and leaders as they work through each activity. This exciting new STEM curriculum will engage girls in topics like geology and topography. The partnership with Devon will provide additional support for girls in the form of an annual workshop for girls and Devon Energy Center tours.

After girls complete each age level program they will receive a "Terra Trooper" Badge along with their age level rocker!

FIRST LEGO League with support from Chesapeake Energy
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Do you like to build things? Do you like new challenges? Girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to join an all-girl team to build a robot and compete in the FIRST LEGO® League (FLL)!

FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) introduces girls to STEM through robotics. Girls form teams and engage in activities to develop technical skills through robotics design and programming. Guided by adult volunteer coaches, girls learn teamwork and leadership skills. Each year, the national FIRST organization designates a specific topic for teams to address during the competitive year. The teams then work to develop a process or product through research-oriented community projects that promote awareness. Through FLL, girls develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities.

For more information about FLL teams, please contact Rebecca Johnson at rjohnson@gswestok.org.

GEEKAPALOOZA
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Girl Scouts put the “geek” in Geekapalooza! Dress up as your favorite “geek” and join us in July 2015 for a day of STEM, including LEGO® robotics, forensic science discovery, crazy science experiments, computers and more.

You never know what you’ll see or what you might find at Geekapalooza! Check back for more information.