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.
STEM Research & Resources
Girls are natural-born scientists! They look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes, experiment and push boundaries, and learn as they go.
As a Girl Scout, we'll introduce her to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to help her see how she can actually improve the world—whether she's discovering how a car's engine runs, learning to manage finances, or caring for animals.
You don't need to know everything about science or have all the answers to help girls. Explore, learn and observe together. Your enthusiasm and encouragement will give girls all the STEM spark they need!
Girls In STEM Longitudinal Study, funded by ExxonMobil
Preliminary report discussing the correlation between GSNETX STEM programming/leadership and girls' confidence in STEM, their improved academic achievements in STEM coursework, interest in STEM careers and more.
STEM Badges & Patches
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.
- STEM Seal of Approval patch requires girls to do one activity in science, engineering, technology, and math or attend a GSNETX STEM event or workshop.
- TI Engineering patch allows girls to explore everyday engineering to provide community problem solutions.
- Computer Coding patch lets girls explore coding through a number of coding careers and projects.