Sep 15, 2020
This week's throwback episode is a deep dive on why there is SO
MUCH FOCUS on STEM in Girl Scouts and why we can't seem to get away
STEM and STEAM are serious buzzwords these days and it seems
like Girl Scouts as an organization is DRINKING the KOOL-AID. Are
you sick of STEM... or do you LOVE it?
Girl Scouts is focused on STEM and STEAM because.... Girl Scout
STEM programming WORKS.
The four ways that Girl Scout STEM programs impact girls
Interest (girls are excited about STEM subjects and want to learn
Confidence (girls have confidence in their STEM skills and
Competence (girls think scientifically to solve
Value (girls learn the importance and relevance of STEM to people
the reality is
and boys are NO different in their actual abilities to do math and
science, what is different is their interest and CONFIDENCE in
early as SECOND GRADE, that’s FIRST YEAR BROWNIES, kids agree that
“math is for boys and not for girls”
are more likely to earn a college degree than men in GENERAL, but
LESS likely than men to earn a degree in engineering, computer
science, and physics
- Although women make up more than ½ the US
workforce, they comprise less than a quarter of STEM jobs, with the
greatest gap occurring in engineering and computer
These days STEM pervades every
part of our lives -
- Scientists conduct research and make
discoveries that help us learn more about the
- Technology, like computers and smartphones,
connects people and makes our lives easier.
- Engineers design and create so much of our
environment, from buildings to roads to electronics.
helps us make sense of information, understand how things work, and
solve problems in the world.
But, it is undeniable
that girls and women are underrepresented across all levels of what
GSRI calls “the STEM pipeline:"
- from their initial
interest as CHILDREN
- to majoring in a STEM
subject in college or higher level degrees,
- to pursuing a STEM
career as an adult
STEM goes hand-in-hand with GSLE Principles:
- Girl Led, Learning By Doing, Cooperative Learning
- Discover, Connect, Take Action
- Sense of Self or Self
Confidence, Positive Values, Seeking Challenges, Healthy
Relationships, and Community Problem Solving