Tuesday, August 16, 2011

STEM Advocacy Champion Councils Celebrated in the Media

The News Journal in Delaware reports that The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay was one of 17 Girl Scout councils nationwide selected last month as a STEM advocacy champion.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaches Girl Scouts to help bridge gender inequalities that may be perceived, said Liz Farrell, communications and advocacy manager of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council. A goal of the Girl Scouts is to help girls become the leaders of tomorrow, she said.

In 2010, a science and technology lodge was built in Hockessin and named for Lynn W. Williams, a former council board president and environmental advocate. The center is the first commercial building in Delaware to have earned Platinum Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a "green" award from the United States Green Building Council.

The Daily Auburn reports that Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) has also been selected as a STEM Advocacy Champion. This new national initiative equips and empowers both Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts to lead efforts at the local and state level to increase girls' involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by addressing and ultimately changing an issue that impacts the lives of girls in our area.

According to Pattie Hallberg, GSCWM CEO, "Science, technology, mathematics and engineering are so important to the future of this country. Girls are eager for opportunities to explore these areas and to participate in meaningful education in STEM. Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring that girls have these opportunities, both within the Girl Scout experience and throughout their communities. Across the state we will be addressing the needs of girls and their future in STEM."