Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada STEAM Team:
Changing the World with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Can Do It! (PDF)