Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada STEAM Team:
Changing the World with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math
Girl Scouts look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes, experiment and push boundaries, and learn as they go.
We introduce Girl Scouts of every age to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to help them see how they can actually improve the world—whether they're discovering how a car's engine runs, learning to manage finances, or caring for animals.
We’d like every girl to explore different aspects of STEAM every year, so we’ve developed a unique, "fun with purpose" K–12 curriculum to inspire girls to embrace and celebrate scientific discovery in their lives.
By inspiring girls to discover more of what they really care about, Leadership Journeys are an essential part of Girl Scouting. Girls explore a wide range of interests along their Journeys—everything from the arts to the outdoors and, of course, STEM.
For example, in the It's Your Planet—Love It! series, girls can explore the natural world by learning about the water cycle, completing energy audits, assessing air quality, calculating their "food print" and learning kitchen science, and figuring out how much trash is created and how to reduce it.
Partners in Inspiration:
Through national and local partnerships and initiatives, the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada offers Girl Scouts additional ways to learn while having fun applying STEAM skills.
Alexa Café presented by IDTech
Alexa Café was created in 2014 with the goal of providing a welcoming environment for girls to explore and be inspired by STEM. Through project-based learning, and with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, leadership, and social activism, 40 Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador-level Girl Scouts will spend the week developing a STEM project that focuses on a cause that is meaningful to them. The café atmosphere cultivates open communication, independence, and empowerment of women.
IDTech is the number #1 tech camp on the planet, with summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 150 prestigious campuses nationwide including UC Irvine, California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Alexa Café at the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is the only all-girl environment in the state of Nevada.
UNLV American Nuclear Society Workshop
This day-long workshop held at the Thomas T. Beam Engineering Complex at UNLV offers Girl scouts the opportunity to learn about nuclear topics while earning the “Get to Know Nuclear” patch. UNLV Nuclear Science graduate students pursuing degrees in radiochemistry and nuclear engineering will give presentations and operate stations that allow Girl Scouts to learn about nuclear science and technology.
SparkSkill hosted by The Adelson Educational Campus
Spark Skill provides top-notch technology summer enrichment programs for students entering grades four through twelve in Summerlin, Las Vegas. Hosted at the 5,000 square foot Startup Incubator at The Adelson Educational Campus, the Girl Scouts who attended SparkSkill worked entrepreneurially to design and prototype digital and physical products to solve problems, entertain, or communicate.
Recently refreshed to better reflect girls' interests and to focus on twenty-first-century skills, several badge categories make special use of STEM activities. For example:
- Naturalist badges invite girls to explore the outdoors.
- Digital Art badges help girls build valuable technology and computer skills.
- Science and Technology badges connect girls to favorite science topics like video game development, the physics of roller coasters, and the technology used to create new fabrics.
- Innovation badges encourage problem solving using scientific methods from fields like anthropology, engineering, graphic design, and business.
- Financial Literacy badges prepare girls for a financially sound future.
How Girl Scout STEM Programs Benefit Girls
This report highlights findings from evaluations conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute of nationally funded Girl Scout STEM programs. It illustrates just some of the benefits to Girl Scouts when they participate in STEM programming, particularly in relation to social and emotional impacts.
How Girl Scout STEM Programs Benefit Girls (PDF)
Volunteers Can Do It! Preparing Non-STEM Volunteers to Inspire Girls in Engineering: Lessons from Engineer Your Journey
With funding from the Noyce Foundation, GSUSA and Techbridgedeveloped and implemented the Engineer Your Journey (EYJ) program. Learn how the program exposed more girls to STEM fields by strengthening Girl Scout volunteers' skills and readiness to lead STEM-related activities.
Volunteers Can Do It! (PDF)