Why Girl Scouts & STEM?
Making the World a Better Place with
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
- Girl Scouts’ all-girl, supportive environment encourages girls to take more intellectual risks and try new activities.
- Studies have shown that exposing girls to female STEM role models and participating in hands-on STEM activities increases their interest in STEM fields.
- The foundation for a STEM career is laid early in life. Girl Scouts serves girls in K-12.
- Interest in science among 8th graders is proven to be a better indicator than test scores for predicting future career choices.* Girl Scouts offers the perfect setting for fun science activities, increasing girls’ interest in science.
- 80% of future careers will demand knowledge of science and technology. If girls think science and technology is not for them, they will find themselves left out of most careers.*
*Source: Coalition for Science After School’s “Fact Sheet”
- All girls participating in Women of Science events have the chance to try out different science-related activities through hands-on fun! The activities are led by women who work in fields of science & technology; these women serve as “real-life” examples of women who love science. View Women of Science dates here!
- Women of Science & Technology Day started as an Anchorage event in 1993.
- FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a competition where girls compete in robot building, project research, and core values. Teams are made of 6-10 girls in 4th-8th grade, plus 2 adult coach/mentors. Girls explore robotics through a variety of hands-on activities, including building and programming robots, learning teamwork, and doing research. Emphasis will be on teamwork and discovery. Learn more!