Posts Tagged ‘STEM’


The Top 10 Awesome Things about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math)

May 6, 2013

By Deanna Welker, Program Director

stem blog picDid you brush your teeth this morning?  I bet you didn’t think about the chemists that worked hard on your toothpaste’s formulation, or the engineers who designed that amazing rotating toothbrush you used.  But thank goodness for those people, right?  Scientists and engineers make our lives better.  Seriously, it’s true!  Here’s my list of some more reasons why STEM is so awesome:

10) Superstars like and our Gadget Girls team which competed in the FIRST Robotics Program this year.

9) Jobs!  Statistics show that college students in STEM fields are more likely to graduate with a good job waiting for them, AND women in STEM jobs earn more than those in non-STEM jobs.  The starting salary for most engineers is more than $55,000 per year.

8) Space Travel.  (Well, sort of…)  Did you know that one of the people who drives the Mars Rover, Curiosity, is a woman?  Her name is Vandi Tompkins.  And with tomorrow’s advances, you might end up on another planet someday.

7) Computers.  We all use them.  From computer-aided interior design to designing roller coasters, there’s so much you can do on a computer.

6) Cell phones.  Imagine creating the next generation of communication devices or spending your days developing cool apps.

5) Medicine.  From doctors and veterinarians to pharmacists and chemists, professionals everyday are using STEM to help others.

4) Fighting crime.   TV shows like CSI and Elementary only scratch at the surface of how STEM is being used to catch criminals. Forensics is one of the fastest growing STEM fields.

3) Opportunities.  Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is lucky to have some great places to explore the world of STEM, including museums, planetariums, and education centers.

2) Making the world a better place.  STEM skills will be used to cure cancer, eradicate disease, and better food production around the world.  Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?!

1) And my top reason that STEM is awesome is… Girls are good at it!

Girl Scout’s latest study, Generation STEM, shows that girls are highly interested in the process of learning, ask questions, and are creative problem solvers.  Additionally, girls are more likely to want to help others.  With a mind and a heart that are both well developed, there’s nothing a girl can’t do!


Gadget Girls: Awesome All-Girl Team Builds Robot

March 19, 2013

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Members of the all-girls robotics team!

Members of the all-girls robotics team!

As our 2013 It’s Awesome to Be a Girl Scout Week came to a close on Saturday, I experienced one of the many reasons it truly is awesome to be a Girl Scout.   I had the opportunity to watch our Gadget Girls team compete in the 4th Annual NC FIRST Robotics Regional Tournament, the premier engineering challenge for high school students.

Every January, FIRST unveils the competition’s “game” and teams receive a kit of common parts that are used to build the core systems of the robot — but they won’t find an instruction manual! Building a robot to compete in a Frisbee Challenge was this year’s task for the FIRST Robotics Competition, a three day event held at Dorton Arena on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

In just six meetings, the Gadget Girls conceptualized, designed, built, and programmed their robot appropriately named “Juliette,” unlike many of high schools team which met numerous days a week during the six-week design period. Wow – I was really impressed with how awesome their efforts were in this short amount of time.

It was also awesome to witness was the positive response the Gadget Girls received from their peers.  The Gadget Girls team was the only all-girl squad competing in the 56-team competition and placed 35th overall – not bad for a rookie team.  Many of the girls at the competition participating on co-ed teams were really excited to see an all-girl team participating – how cool is that?!

Creating opportunities for girls to explore the world of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – and exposing girls to female role models are essentials pieces of our leadership program at Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines. This year, two female engineers from IBM volunteered their time and support and helped the Gadget Girls team problem solve at the competition.

See how awesome the Gadget Girls team and their robot are via the competition’s webcast. Cue the video to 2:34:18 to hear the team introduced and then to 2:37:00 to watch their awesome defensive moves during their battle.


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