Through a wide variety of innovative programs and unique opportunities Girl Scouts of Girl Scouts of Hawai`i is committed to ensuring that every girl has the opportunity to explore and build an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The strength of our nation depends on increasing girls’ involvement in STEM, to develop critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills that are important throughout life.
While the percentage of careers that require advanced STEM education increases, the latest research from the Girl Scout Research Institute shows that a high percentage of girls lose interest in STEM subjects during their middle-school years. If the U.S. is to maintain its competitive advantage in the global economy, we need to make sure that our entire population of young minds, and especially girls, are educated in STEM fields.
Since its founding, Girl Scouts has had a long history of introducing girls of every age to STEM activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering how to build their own model glider, becoming math whizzes or learning how weather works, girls are moving forward into the future. They can host science fairs, design websites, plan for space exploration, visit geological sites and more!
A solid STEM education allows girls to succeed in all subject areas. It helps them develop problem-solving, critical-thinking, and collaborative skills. Therefore, engaging girls in STEM at a young age is important for any future career they pursue. The all-girl environment of Girl Scouting provides a safe space for girls to engage in STEM activities without the fear of failure; and the use of relevant, real-world examples helps girls gain a more realistic understanding of STEM education and career opportunities.
Girl Scouts of Hawai`i builds STEM into its programming throughout the year. Girls of all ages develop skills and qualities that promote STEM through its two K–12 programs: Leadership Journeys and The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. These programs are based on the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and are centered on the three keys of leadership–Discover, Connect, and Take Action–which reinforce and support girls’ STEM experiences.So far, during the 2012-2013 membership year, Girl Scouts of all ages in Hawai`i have participated in Women in Aviation, Snooze at the Zoo, Sleep with the Sharks and many other skill-building activities. Keep checking our Events calendar for more programs that promote STEM through Girl Scouts’ award-winning curriculum!