Monday, April 23, 2012

Groundbreaking STEM Summit has backing of Girl Scouts of the USA

America needs a workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and a notable group of companies and organizations is uniting to ensure that the nation gets the message. This summer, thousands of education, policy and industry thought leaders will convene in Dallas, Texas for STEM Solutions 2012, a groundbreaking leadership summit that will bring the best minds and best practices together on a national stage to open the conversation and develop solutions to the STEM skills shortage.

Among the STEM stakeholders who have signed on to get behind the Summit is Girl Scouts of the USA. As one of the conference’s Co-chairs, the Girl Scouts will provide topical input, expertise and support throughout the planning stages, as well as during the conference.

The organizers of STEM Solutions 2012 identified Girl Scouts of the USA as a change maker involved in shaping the economy’s future. The organization’s national program portfolio threads STEM learning throughout its unique leadership journeys and innovative skill-building opportunities in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts explore and develop STEM skills and qualities that will serve them all their lives.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study, Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of study, and they are drawn by the creative and hands-on aspects of these subjects. Girls are also aware that gender barriers persist as 57 percent of all girls say that if they “went into a STEM career, they’d have to work harder than a man to be taken seriously.”

Girl Scouts of the USA partners with a broad array of key stakeholders such as corporations, foundations, government, academia and nonprofits to access the resources and expertise that enable the organization to design and deliver robust STEM learning experiences for girls. According to Frank Signorello, Manager, STEM Program Initiatives for Girl Scouts of the USA, “By working with STEM Solutions, Girl Scouts will raise awareness and strongly advocate for legislation at the national, state, and local levels to promote STEM education and careers, particularly among girls.”

Event organizers, U.S. News & World Report, Innovate+Educate and STEMConnector™ have enthusiastically welcomed the Girl Scouts’ involvement. “To say we were extremely pleased when Girl Scouts of the USA signed on is an understatement,” said Brian Kelly of U.S. News & World Report. “Their deep-seated commitment to the STEM initiative, as well as their unique expertise and creative approach to finding answers, make them an invaluable addition to our leadership team. We are encouraged by their support and grateful for their many important contributions.”