Monday, March 15, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming Virtual STEM Experience

There’s no better way to inspire girls to make a difference than to provide a sneak peek into our exciting line-up of virtual experiences developed in collaboration with AT&T.

From exploring space, coding apps, and designing (and racing!) cars to learning about the science behind cheerleading and Broadway shows, there’s something to spark every girl’s interest when your girl participates in the National Girl Scout STEM Festival or Virtual Family STEM Events (available at selected pilot councils).

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming virtual experiences:

National Girl Scout STEM Festival (available to Girl Scouts and non–Girl Scouts nationwide) 

Together with AT&T, we’re planning an epic virtual STEM Festival featuring exciting activities for all grade levels, including a special patch girls can earn during the event! Mark your calendars for April 17, 2021 from noon to 4:30 p.m. ET! (Registration closes on April 9).

Your Girl Scout will explore different STEM topics with subject matter experts—all from the comfort of your own home. Best part? We’ll work with selected councils and organize activities that incorporate their local STEM ecosystem and use their own regional specialties, such as technology or marine biology. Girls will be able to follow a recommended track or explore different breakout sessions over the course of the day. Here are sample topics girls will be able to choose from:
  • Automotive engineering
  • Broadway tech
  • Career Exploration
  • Citizen Science
  • Coding
  • Cybersecurity
  • Design thinking
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Natural sciences
  • Robotics
  • Space Science
  • Taking action with STEM
  • Plus: the science behind Broadway shows, cheerleading, social media, and more!
But wait, there’s more! Your girl will be able to choose from a wide range of experiences that include:
  • Hands-on activities from Girl Scout badges and Journeys
  • Behind-the-scenes presentations (followed by Q&A) inviting girls to explore the exciting worlds of Broadway, the FBI, NASA, and Instagram
  • Expo booths where girls can chat with exhibitors, watch videos, and download materials
  • Group challenges
  • Giveaways
  • Limited-edition patch

Virtual Family STEM Events (English and Spanish, available at select pilot councils)

Girl Scout Virtual Family STEM Events will provide an opportunity for parents/caregivers to engage with girls in grades K–5 (ages 5–11) through fun, hands-on programming, while removing the pressure to be “STEM experts.” The activities are designed to allow girls to show, share, and teach what they’ve learned. These virtual events feature activities from the Girl Scouts “Think Like an Engineer” Journeys. Families will be able to download a “take home” guide after the event, which will provide additional STEM activity ideas for families to complete together at their own time. Check for availability and dates with one of the participating councils:
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the South​
  • Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
  • Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia​
  • Girl Scouts of Hawaii ​
  • Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland​
  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas​
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado​
  • Girl Scouts of Alaska​
Whether you choose to attend the Virtual STEM Festival, or a local virtual Family STEM Night, you’re going to give your girl an opportunity to learn something new, e-meet female STEM role models, and maybe even find an exciting career path or a new hobby!

Learn more about our collaborator, AT&T:

As a seasoned GSUSA collaborator, AT&T has long supported Girl Scouts by backing programs like:
  • Coding for Good badges, which give girls hands-on experiences in STEM through algorithms, coding, and app design
  • Imagine Your STEM Future, which inspires girls to pursue STEM careers
  • G.I.R.L. 2017, the world’s largest girl-led event for girls, young women, and everyone who supports them