• Girl Scouts adding badges relating to STEM

    By: Megan McClellan


    Quick Facts:

    • New badges in robotics, mechanical engineering, and computer programming have been added
    • Girl Scouts of the United States of America asked for feedback from the troops, they wanted more STEM and outdoor type badges and activities
    • Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma is one of nine councils piloting a space science program


    Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics - or STEM - isn't just being taught in schools anymore. There are organizations that are trying to help guide more and more students to those fields. 

    FOX23 Meteorologist Megan McClellan talk with the Girl Scouts of the United States of America about how they are adding STEM to their programs.

    Earlier in 2017, new badges including multiple STEM type were unveiled.

    Elizabeth Barnes is a Program Manager for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Council. Barnes thinks this is the right way for the organization to go.

    "Where the world is going as far as STEM technologies is just the direction we want to make sure we're building our girls up in."

    It isn't just the people that work at the council that are excited, troop leaders are pumped for the new badges as well.

    Suzanne Dodson is a troop leader and also coaches one of the Girl Scouts robotics teams. She said the program isn't just learning about robotics, It's also learning about something they use every day in life.

    Barnes and Dodson both think these new badges are going to be good for the Girl Scouts.

    "I think a lot of girls are really interested in these fields" said Barnes.

    "Girls are underrepresented in STEM fields, when girls collaborate, they can see themselves entering the field as adults and they can make a difference", Dodson added.

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