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Be a Home Scientist This Summer – Five Easy Experiments to Try

June 27, 2016

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By Tara Rappleye, Program Director

School’s out, but science class is still in!

Keeping kids’ minds entertained and engaged in the summer can be tough. Especially on rainy days, there are only so many movies and board games to keep the mind stimulated. However, there’s a plethora of fun, STEM-based activities on the Internet. These at-home science experiments not only keep kids busy, but also encourage them to increase and retain their knowledge.

We’ve found a few experiments that make great rainy day activities and help Brownies work towards their Home Scientist badge. Earning badges and keeping kids entertained can be exhausting, so if have the supplies ready to go on those rainy days this summer, you can have your cake and eat it, too!

Be a kitchen chemist: What is better than Jell-O? Jell-O that glows! No chemistry experience required for this experiment, only a little tonic water and Jell-O. This activity will be sure to leave your Girl Scout glowing.

Edible-Glowing Jell-O

Create static electricity: Build a butterfly out of tissue paper and grab a balloon, time to make your butterfly dance.

Electric Butterfly

Dive into density: Rainy days means rainbows in the kitchen. Grab a few household items to teach your Brownie about the different density of liquids.

Rainbow in a Jar

Make something bubble up: Got a sock or two without a pair lying around? Here is the perfect activity to use up those socks and have fun!

Homemade Bubble Blower

Play with science: Instead of setting up a lemonade stand, use those lemons to make a mighty volcano. Learn the science behind this citric eruption.

Lemon Volcanoes

These are just five of thousands fun, STEM related activities on the Internet. A simple search will lead you to many blogs, pages, and websites with more suggestions. There are experiments for every age and interest, from engineering to chemistry, and everything in between. Summer is a great time to teach your kids a thing or two about science and make great memories!

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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.

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