Posts Tagged ‘STEM’


Vote for the Next Girl Scout Badge!

November 9, 2015

Girls' Choice 2.0 Voting Opens Today

By Krista Park, Communications & PR Director

How do we keep up with girls today?  We ask girls what they want to do – and they tell us!  Girl Scouts is where girls decide what adventure to go on next! Girls choose anything and everything in Girl Scouts from their next meeting topic, community service project, how to spend their cookie proceeds, where to camp, and even what badges they want to earn.

Because Girl Scouts is led by and for girls, that’s why girls will choose which badges should be added to the National Program Portfolio. That’s right!  Girls’ Choice badges are back, and we’re SO excited! As part of the girl-led badge-creation process, we will offer new badges for Brownies through Ambassadors.  This year, girls vote for one of three awesome badge categories (Outdoor, STEM, or Financial Literacy) and then they vote on which badge-earning skill they want to learn for that category.

Here’s a quick run down of the the badge categories and category topics girls can vote for through November 15th!

The first category is OUTDOORS where girls will explore:

  • Art in the Outdoors
  • Camping Skills
  • Outdoor Cooking

The second category is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) where girls will explore:

  • Engineering
  • Coding/E-textile
  • Life/Forensic Science

And the final category is FINANCIAL LITERACY where girls will explore:

  • Financing Your Fun Stuff
  • Watching Your Dollars Grow
  • Social Entrepreneurship

The new Girls’ Choice badges will be full of big learning, fun and adventure – they’re so Girl Scouts! Last year, girls cast over 80,000 votes to select the winning badges and, with your help in spreading the word, we hope to have even more girls share their voices this year. Voting is open October 31 through November 15. Learn more now!

Girls will have the say. Will Outdoors, STEM, or Financial Literacy win? The choice is hers. Voting only takes a minute, so don’t let your Girl Scout miss her chance to choose the next national badge. Encourage every Girl Scout you know to share her voice and vote today.


Rain Garden in Time for April Showers

February 27, 2014

By Kristin Yerkie, Camp Staff

Rain Garden ProjectThe rain garden designed as part of Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Citizen Science Series continues to take shape with the engineers at Grounded Engineering of Raleigh. Set to be unveiled during the Good Earth Adventures event at Camp Mary Atkinson (CMA) on April 26, the ten Girl Scouts participating in the design and construction process anxiously await to see their hard work come to fruition.

When asked about their experience with the project, the participants had many things to say:

“We get to make our designs as a group and it’s a very useful experience; educational as well. We have got to use a lot of different technologies that most people haven’t even seen or heard of. We used the 3D simulator and Kinect to try out different rain gardens for CMA. It was so cool!” ~ Abby, Girl Scout Senior

“Dirt and Tigger (a.k.a. the program staff) have made it so not only is it a fun learning experience for us to create this rain garden, but they have also given us the responsibility and treated us like adults in allowing us to create the rain garden with our own thoughts and ideas while guiding us along the way.” ~ Nicole, Girl Scout Ambassador

“All the technology we get to experience is really neat. I also love how hands-on it has been!” ~ Alyssa, Girl Scout Senior

“We were able to mess with technology and the Kinnect was kind of like something you would see in movies. We also got to use augers to take soil samples from CMA, and see a rain simulator. These are the types of things that you get out of an agricultural experience like Citizen Science with really cool people!” ~ Janelle, Girl Scout Ambassador

How awesome is that?  Thanks to support from Duke Energy Foundation, Girl Scouting is able to provide this opportunity for girls to become savvy, innovative, aspiring science and engineering leaders.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines strives to provide opportunities for girls that enhances exposure and deepens engagement in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM.

Interested in careers which focus on science or technology? Watch our Inner-views podcast series focuses on North Carolina women in STEM.

Tell us what you love about girls and STEM?



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