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Girl Scouts and STEM

Girls are natural scientists—they push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes. 

Every girl deserves the chance to explore the fascinating world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). We’ve designed activities and experiences for girls so they can discover what they care about and decide how they will change the world.

Click on the buttons below to learn more about the STEM opportunities at GSWCF, and be sure to like the GSWCF STEM Facebook Page!

  

 

Cyber Security Day Camp*:

A Special STEM Camp opportunity located in Lakeland!

June 24-28, For girls entering grades 6-8
Drop off: 9 a.m., Pick up: 4:30 p.m., (Monday-Friday)
Lunch and snacks included.

Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in a highly interactive week-long cyber security camp! For more information, please complete this interest form, and we will contact you. Registration opens in March. 

*Cybersecurity Day Camp is subject ot cancellation based on meeting the minimum registration requirements. 


Hackerspace Troop

Girl Scouts of West Central Florida has partnered with Tampa Hackerspace to provide "Making the Future" program to Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors (grades 6-10). Girls chosen for this program will get the opportunity to assemble their own tablet, learn the basic operations of programming and unleash their technical side! 

Girls will:

  • Receive a hardware safety and procedures introduction
  • Create a laser cut wooden stand for their tablet
  • Be introduced to the coding language, Python
  • Expand their coding knowledge into building games
  • Build a tablet from scratch!
  • Work towards their Think Like a Programmer Journey

We are hosting four Hackerspace Troop Sleepovers in Spring at our camp properties!

  • February 9-10 at Camp Dorothy Thomas (applications due Jan. 20)
  • March 2-3 at Leadership Center (applications due February 10)
  • March 23-24 at Camp Wildwood (applications due March 3)
  • May 11-12 at Camp Wai Lani (applications due April 21)

On completion, girls will bring home a fully functional Raspberry Pi 7" touchscreen including a wireless keyboard, mouse, and tablet stand! Interested in participating in this rare opportunity? Girls will be selected based on their video application. Individual Girl Scout Cadettes or entire Cadette troops may participate! Apply now!

    

Meet the Hackerspace Troop Instructor

Hi I’m Kyra Sandman but you may know me as Socks! I’ve been a Girl Scout for 10 years now. Usually I’m out working at our camps, but I’m super excited to get to work with you girls on this project! I can’t wait for you to join me in unlocking our inner innovators and exploring the STEM field! 

STEM At Home

LEGO Robotics Teams

 

LEGO Robotics Teams

FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) introduces girls to STEM through robotics. Girls form teams and engage in activities to develop technical skills through robotics design and programming. Guided by adult volunteer coaches, girls learn teamwork and leadership skills. Each year, the national FIRST organization designates a specific topic for teams to address during the competitive year. The teams then work to develop a process or product through research-oriented community projects that promote awareness. Through FLL, girls develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities.

Through FIRST Robotics, Girl Scouts are able to:

  • Design, build, test and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking and presentation skills
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Learn gracious professionalism through competitions and tournaments

Interested in starting a team? Learn More.

Girl Coders

 Girl Coders

Caroline, a fellow Gold Award recipient, with a passion to inspire young girls to take their first steps in STEM, started mentoring middle school girls with a mobile coding application. Girl Coders has transformed into an online workshop where girls and troop leaders can choose a patch computer science program of their choice for FREE. Choose from eight different topics; programming, hardware, digital literacy and more! Programs are entry level for all Daisies to Ambassadors. No prior coding experience is necessary. Start your exploration of the technology here.

 


 Volunteer with GSWCF STEM

Mentorship is often cited as a key strategy for exciting, supporting, and keeping young girls interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Interested in inspiring girls in STEM, contact our STEM team!


  Support Our STEM Programs

Research shows that girls are keenly interested in STEM and excel at it. Yet, for a variety of reasons, girls often don’t pursue STEM—starting as early as elementary school.

You can help change that by supporting our STEM programs! Girls who participate in our girl-focused STEM programs:

  • Become better problem-solvers, critical thinkers, and inspirational leaders
  • Get better grades, earn scholarships, and follow more lucrative career paths
  • See STEM as the foundation for a meaningful and successful future