Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD

by Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Inc.
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Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Providing STEM education to 20,000 girls in MD
Robotics Challenge Team
Robotics Challenge Team

City Shaper and Boomtown Build were the FIRST Lego League themes of the robotics competitions for the 2020 series.  Girls were challenged to envision the city of the future.  The girls and young women from the communities served by GSCM's Rockin' Robotics program had no difficulty in identifying issues in their neighborhoods.  They then were challenged to find solutions that were rooted in science, engineering and technology.  Girl Scouts from Baltimore City and Harford County each took different approaches to problem identification and problem solving.  One team designed a crane that became an elevator to address accessibility issues in their community.  Another team designed a new model of lift that became an entryway.  The imagination and creativity of the girls were equalled only by their tenacity and problem solving skills.  After the discovery and  challenge sessions were complete, and girls received awards for their robots and presentation boards, these young women asked to continue with Girl Scouts Robotics. Currently, GSCM has 53 girls participating in virtual robotics sessions during the summer, which has required us to revamp the materials, tools available, and delivery methods.  

The  challenges presented upon the onset of a worldwide pandemic required that GSCM find new ways to reach and inspire girls in STEM.  The primary challenge was that posed by the Digital Divide.  It was because of COVID19 that we all became aware of the disparity in access to technology throughout many areas in Central Maryland.  Families were sharing one computer that children needed for their school work.  Often, several children needed access to a computer for their synchronous virtual classwork at exactly the same time that a sibling needed access.  In many of our rural communities, there is no internet available.  In urban areas, the monthly fees for internet access are prohibitive, so families do not have internet in their homes.  Many families were also impacted by business closures and loss of employment in our community.  GSCM has witnessed a new and growing need among its families for resources to help their daughters remain connected and learning.  

GSCM has secured hardware through restricted gifts from local philanthropies and from a colleague non-profit organization, the Digital Harbor Foundation.  They are actively seeking computers (new and used) which they refurbish and provide to children and families at no cost. Computers help them help Girl Scouts.  Please cut and paste this url into your browser bar to access this opportunity to help. www.digitalequitybaltimore.org/donate-devices

GSCM is working to close this digital divide so that the most vulnerable families are supported in obtaining the hardware and broadband access needed to continue their academic and youth enrichment activities.  Access to internet is the next frontier.  Besides enrolling families in special broadband discount programs, GSCM is seeking support to provide hot spots to families.  Your support is needed now more than every to allow girls to experience some stability in their lives, some certainty that they can rely on and  stay connected to their mentors, troop leaders, and STEM teams. 

Design solution for Boomtown Build 2020
Design solution for Boomtown Build 2020
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On January 19, teams of Girl Scouts participated in the FIRST Lego League Qualifier. FIRST Lego League gives youth hands on STEM experiences that will help them learn and grown within the STEM field.

Congratulations to the Robo Recyclers for winning the Core Values Award!

A Girl Scout Research Institute study found that 74% of girls say they’re interested in STEM, but only 13% of girls say a STEM career is their first choice.

Girl Scouts is prepared to fill the STEM workforce pipeline with girls who are ready to take the lead. We are committed to increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math and ensuring that every girl has opportunities to explore through hands-on “learning by doing” in a girl-focused, girl-led environment.

Without your support, we would be unable to provide opportunities for the 20,000 Girl Scouts in central Maryland to explore STEM. You can change the world by investing in girls.

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After witnessing history being made with the first female spacewalk, on October 19th over 150 Girl Scouts participated in the First Ever Cyber Challenge event made possible by a partnership with Raytheon . At this event, girls interacted with actual cyber professionals and worked together to complete challenges to help a moon colony restore their oxygen supply!

A Girl Scout Research Institute study found that 74% of girls say they’re interested in STEM, but only 13% of girls say a STEM career is their first choice.

Girl Scouts is prepared to fill the STEM workforce pipeline with girls who are ready to take the lead. We are committed to increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math and ensuring that every girl has opportunities to explore through hands-on “learning by doing” in a girl-focused, girl-led environment.

Without your support, we would be unable to provide opportunities for the 20,000 Girl Scouts in central Maryland to explore STEM. You can change the world by investing in girls.

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Girls Learning How to Take Blood Pressure
Girls Learning How to Take Blood Pressure

 

The Baltimore Children and Youth Fund (BCYF) is a fund dedicated to supporting Baltimore’s children, youth, and young adults. The Fund was launched in 2015 by and approved by voters in November 2016 with over 80 percent support. This past year, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland was lucky to be chosen as a grantee for BCYF funds.

 

This award provided an exciting opportunity to fund a new initiative, aimed at reaching girls in the Park Heights neighborhood of Baltimore. Over the past year, Girls Rise in Park Heights has focused on leadership development, academic enrichment, exposure to STEM and robotics, life skills and self-esteem development, health and wellness, and more, all in the girl-led, girl-focused environment that Girl Scouts provides.

A Girl Scout Research Institute study found that 74% of girls say they’re interested in STEM, but only 13% of girls say a STEM career is their first choice.

Girl Scouts is prepared to fill the STEM workforce pipeline with girls who are ready to take the lead. We are committed to increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math and ensuring that every girl has opportunities to explore through hands-on “learning by doing” in a girl-focused, girl-led environment.

Without your support, we would be unable to provide opportunities for the 20,000 Girl Scouts in central Maryland to explore STEM. You can change the world by investing in girls.

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Did you know that between 2017 and 2027, the number of STEM jobs is projected to grow 13 percent, compared to 9 percent for non-STEM jobs—with positions in computing, engineering, and advanced manufacturing leading the way? By introducing girls to STEM in a fun and engaging way, Girl Scout Kate is helping fuel the female STEM professional pipeline and fill those future positions with confident women!

A Girl Scout Research Institute study found that 74% of girls say they’re interested in STEM, but only 13% of girls say a STEM career is their first choice.

Girl Scouts is prepared to fill the STEM workforce pipeline with girls who are ready to take the lead. We are committed to increasing girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math and ensuring that every girl has opportunities to explore through hands-on “learning by doing” in a girl-focused, girl-led environment.

Without your support, we would be unable to provide opportunities for the 20,000 Girl Scouts in central Maryland to explore STEM. You can change the world by investing in girls.

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Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Inc.

Location: Baltimore, MD - USA
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Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Inc.
Trish Cassatt
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Trish Cassatt
Baltimore, MD United States

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