Archive for the ‘Girl Scouts’ Category

h1

Thankful For Girl Scouts

November 20, 2017

It’s the season to give thanks – and what better time to share why our Girl Scouts are thankful for the best leadership programming for girls in the world. We recently talked to some of Girl Scouts to learn more about why they are thankful for Girl Scouts and here’s what they had to say.

I am thankful for Girl Scouts because it lets girls just be themselves with their friends and in a healthy environment. I get to do things and go places that I could have never done without being a Girl Scout. I always feel safe in every Girl Scout activity whether it’s a STEM program at a college campus, overnight activities like sleeping in an aquarium or going away to a Girl Scout week long summer camp program. I love just being able to be ‘me’. – Abby R., Age 13

Girl Scouts has prepared me for new challenges by all that is offered to us, making new friends, earning badges and Journeys teaches us new and important information. Being with all girls helps me be not as afraid to show my true self. It’s just us girls able to be us girls, and silly!  –Rylie C., Age 11

I am thankful for Girl Scouts because it has been where I have met my best friends. I have been a Girl Scout since second grade, and have many friends in my troop that I have known since the beginning. Working together selling cookies, volunteering, camping, and going to meetings has allowed us to get to know each other better than just playing together!Giada T., Age 11

Girl Scouts has prepared me for new challenges by teaching me to be a leader. It’s given me the courage I need to try new things and walk in with confidence. By being able to try things in a safe environment I am able to step back in the real world with the skills I need to face new challenges. Lauryn T., Age 13

‘Tis the season to give thanks – so tell us why you are thankful for Girl Scouts in the comments below.

h1

Gadget Girls Put the “Go-Getter” in G.I.R.L. Robotics!

November 6, 2017

Girl Scouts_GadgetGirls

By Meridith Orr, Program Executive

Whether it’s trekking across the globe or enjoying the outdoor life by the camp fire, Girl Scouts provides unique troop experiences that help girls explore their interests in a safe space.  These specialty troop experiences include delving into the world of science and technology.  Here at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, girls have embraced robotics as a means of having fun while developing skills to help them be ultra-competitive in the 21st century marketplace.

Our very own Gadget Girls have been Go-Getters in the robotics space since joining FIRST Robotics more than five years ago. One of only two all-girls teams in the state of North Carolina, the Gadget Girls welcomed middle- and high-school age girls from multiple counties including Wake, Franklin and Edgecombe to build lawn mower-sized machines capable of launching Frisbees, moving large crates, surmounting castle defenses and this year, placing large rotor gears on a “steam-powered” airship!

“In Gadget Girls, our Girl Scouts learn real-life engineering skills,” said Michaela Settle, the Gadget Girls’ coach and an alumna of our own FIRST robotics programs.  “In working the challenge they kind of get tricked into learning important science, engineering and math by having fun, and they start to see why those subjects are important.”

Michaela’s mom Becky helps mentor the team and maintains the meeting and competition schedule for the Gadget Girls.  She saw first-hand how the program helped her girls become confident and interested in science.  Her youngest daughter, Alex, served a leadership role on the Gadget Girls team last season and now that she has graduated high school, will attend UNC-Greensboro to major in Biology.

“Robotics looks really good on college applications,” Becky told parents at a recent Gadget Girls interest meeting. “Plus, these girls get to work with mentors who are professionals in their field, so it helps them figure out what they might like to do later in life.”

As a Girl Scout team, the Gadget Girls have integrated our Girl Scout culture into their robot’s design as well as the team’s overall aesthetics and branding.  The team wears green t-shirts with their custom-designed “cookie monster” logo, incorporate cookie boxes into the robot’s appearance and use cookie cases to form the walls of their mechanical pit area at competitions.  Pink hard hats (worn by both mentors and girls) as well as pink and green tulle tu-tus also help make the Gadget Girls stand out in the FIRST North Carolina organization!  Last year, the team won the FIRST Imagery Award twice in recognition of their design savvy.

With the new season approaching in January, the Gadget Girls are looking for girls to join in on the fun.  Interested Girl Scouts can expect to gain valuable skills in mechanical and electrical engineering, programming, marketing, design, business, teamwork, and leadership.   They’ll gain all sorts of knowledge from industry professionals while making new friends and tons of fun memories.  How cool is that?

To find out more, contact Meridith Orr, Program Executive (morr@nccoastalpines.org).

 

%d bloggers like this: