Changing the World with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Girls are natural-born scientists! They 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, and math (STEM) 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.
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.
Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay also runs specialized STEM camps at Camp Country Center, which is home to the Lynn W. Williams Science and Technology Lodge, the first Platinum-certified LEED building in the state of Delaware.
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.
Partners in Inspiration
Through partnerships, sponsorships, and various initiatives, we offer girls additional ways to learn while having fun applying STEM skills.
- Engineering Your Tomorrow – For nearly three decades, DuPont has introduced Girl Scout Cadettes to careers in engineering and science. Engineering Your Tomorrow features an entire day of fun, hands-on activities and experiments that illustrate basic scientific and engineering principles.
- Women in Aviation – The Delaware 99s, an international organization of women pilots, show Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes the variety of careers in aviation. Girl Scouts have hands-on activities on the principals of flight and airport procedures.
- Explore the Magic of Motion – With the University of Delaware, Girl Scouts in middle school and high school get hands-on experience with physical therapy.
- Passport to Nursing – Working with Wesley College Student Nurses Association and Tau Beta Chapter Nursing Society Team, Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors learn about the challenges and rewarding experiences in the nursing field.
Girl Scout programming is run throughout the year with important community partners like Delaware Nature Society, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and the Iron Hill Museum.