Monday, May 7, 2018

Always and Walmart Encourage Girl Scouts to Live #LikeAGirl and Stick with STEM

In case you missed it, Girl Scouts of the USA recently teamed up with Always and Walmart to host a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academy at Jet.com’s headquarters in Hoboken, New Jersey—and it was awesome!

One hundred Girl Scouts from five different councils across the country had the chance to experience an awe-inspiring day of STEM-related confidence-building activities. From listening to a motivating panel discussion to working on Girl Scout STEM Journeys with mentors (like accomplished women from Procter & Gamble, Walmart, and Jet.com) the girls not only empowered themselves to pursue STEM but also learned to identify and investigate problems, brainstorm ways to address them, and take action alongside supportive adults.

Among the guests was Girl Scout alum Abigail Breslin, who gave a stirring speech about her Girl Scout experience and the incredible, lasting influence Girl Scouts has had on her life. Abigail even proclaimed, “Girl Scouts gave me the confidence to push through obstacles in school and my everyday life.”

This special event focused on introducing more girls to STEM while exposing them to experts in the field so girls could envision themselves one day working in STEM. A recent Always #LikeAGirl survey revealed that 70 percent of girls report being so afraid of failing during puberty that they avoid trying new things. This fear is compounded within STEM fields, where experiencing failure makes 50 percent of girls choose to abandon further STEM studies, even though 74 percent of teen girls have expressed an interest in STEM.

The research is clear: girls are interested in making a difference in the world and need more STEM exposure, education, and experience with the help of key adults. This is why partnerships and events, such as the Always and Walmart Live #LikeAGirl STEM Academy, are essential to preparing more girls to boldly pursue STEM and use it to positively contribute to the world.