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Girl Scouts Bridge the Gender Gap with STEM

November 12, 2013

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland:

“Girl Scouts Bridge the Gender Gap with STEM”

Originally posted on Blog - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines:

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Today more girls are showing interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and STEM-based activities.  But despite this growing curiosity, girls still are not choosing medicine, science, technology and engineering as their number one career path.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has prioritized STEM in an effort to help girls bridge the existing gender gap that within these male-dominant career fields and provides opportunities for girls to enhance their exposure to and deepen their engagement in STEM.

Girl Scout Research Institute’s report, Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, highlights that while a majority of today’s girls have a clear interest in STEM, they do not prioritize STEM fields when thinking about their future careers.

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Research in the report shows that 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of…

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5 Reasons We Love Geena Davis

November 7, 2013

1. She promotes equality of girls and women in the media

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As Girl Scouts we know that ordinary girls can do extraordinary things and a world of good. Unfortunately girls are not usually represented this way in popular TV shows and movies that many of our girls watch. Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis – who has starred in roles that break down gender boundaries – is aiming at changing the face of girls in media by bringing awareness to the lack of female protagonists in TV and movies as well show the lack of diversity in the female roles that do exist.

According to Biography.com:

“In 2004, Davis founded what is now known as the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM). The institute has done extensive research into the portrayal of women in family films, discovering that there is, on average, only one female character for every three male characters. Davis and the rest of organization work to influence those who create content for children to correcting that imbalance.”

According to Davis, their message is getting across to the entertainment industry. In a survey of people in the entertainment business 68% revealed that the message of the GDIGM has influenced more than 2 of their projects; 41% reported that more than 4 of their projects have been effected by the message of the GDIGM. While we certainly wish these numbers were at 100%, this is still great news for the future of the portrayal of girls and women in the media.

2. She Co-Chairs Girl Scouts’ Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls

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To further her mission, Geena Davis partnered up with Girl Scouts in 2011 to create the Healthy MEdia Commission.

Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will bring together media leaders and subject related experts to create a blueprint of recommendations for promoting positive media images. The Commission brings together media leaders and subject related experts to create a blueprint of recommendations for promoting positive media images.

3. She was a Girl Scout

It is no surprise that Davis supported Girl Scouts in this effort because as a girl, she herself was a Girl Scout and is still extremely dedicated to our mission. Recently some of the GSCM Staff had the opportunity to hear Davis speak at the Network 2000′s 20th Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon. During her speech, Davis pointed out that Girl Scouts has already “written the book” so to speak, on how to create women of courage, character and confidence. After she had left the podium one of our staff members was was able to speak with her (and her body guard, who by the way was also a Girl Scout!) and get an autograph which she gladly provided.

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4. The GDIGM supports women in STEM

Also in alignment with Girl Scout principles, Davis recently helped unveil a new STEM scholarship. Accordint to the latest GDIGM e-newsletter the “scholarship is designed for women looking to enroll in New Engineering University’s newly created one-year Master of Engineering degree in Big Data. ‘One of the goals of the program is to enroll a class with a diverse student body where at least half of the students will be women, challenging the current environment in which just 11% of practicing engineers are female,’ NEU said. As part of the effort, NEU has awarded the Geena Davis Institute five full-tuition scholarships, which will be given to aspiring female engineers.”

5. She is an AWESOME archer

Just when you thought she couldn’t get any cooler!

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We would like to say thank you to Geena Davis for all that she is doing to inspire and ensure opportunity for girls now and as they become women. You rock!

Meet Pygwidgeon!

November 6, 2013

This is Pygwidgeon, the Eastern Screech Owl, that lives at the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center!

Have you had the chance to see Pygwidgeon up close? He really is a beautiful creature!

For information on how you can see him and our other animals in person, like Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center on Facebook send an email to boxturtle@gscm.org!

Girl Scout Troops 1548 and 770 receive service award from the Agape House

October 30, 2013

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On October 12, 2013, Girl Scout troops 1548 and 770 received the Agape House Missionary and Outreach Ministry Award for 2013.  The Agape House Missionary and Outreach Ministry was originally designed as a safe house for children whose parents were going through rehabilitation for substance abuse. For a period of time it also served as a woman and children’s shelter. Currently The Agape House is an outreach ministry that serves the community by operating summer camps, a catering training program, a full service food pantry and many other community services.

Troop leaders, Dorothy Hull and Adrienne Finley have led these troops in a partnership with the Agape House for over 10 years.  Projects that the girls completed include shelter room renovation and decoration, hosting sewing and painting workshops and providing Christmas presents for the families served by The Agape House. Morgan, a Girl Scout in troop 1548 explained what this award meant to her:

This award makes me feel good about the services and help we provide to those less fortunate.  I like when we can bring a smile to someone’s face with just a little caring.

These girls scouts are truly helping to make the world a better place. Way to go girls – we are so proud of you!

Read below for more on what the girls had to say about winning this award and about Girl Scouting.

Girl Scout Whitney, from troop 1548

Winning the award to me means that people are appreciating my work. It was really an honor to achieve this award. My favorite part about Girl Scouts is meeting new people, learning new things, and also helping people and doing service work.

Girl Scout Atiannya from  from troop 1548

Receiving this award means our troop is helping to make the world a better place, with our volunteer work. My favorite part of being a girl scout is the volunteer work. It may be hard work, but I believe it’s all worth it.  It builds character and train girls to become a model citizen.

Girl Scout Anyae from troop 1548

You can do anything for people that is struggling and really help to give them something special. It was really great how they gave us an award for helping them. [In Girl Scouts] you can really come together and be a sister to each other. The different activities we do, and how we support different groups, and volunteer at different places if my favorite part about being a Girl Scout.

Girl Scout Adrienne from troop 1548

The award means that the troop I’m apart of does amazing things for people. My favorite part of being a girl scout is volunteering.

Girl Scout Morgan from troop 1548

This award makes me feel good about the services and help we provide to those less fortunate.  I like when we can bring a smile to someone’s face with just a little caring.  As a camp counselor this summer, my Girl Scout training helped me to be a good leader to the younger kids at both of my camps. My favorite part about being a Girl Scout is when we go camping and volunteer at things like Elf Night and the Susan G. Komen race.

Girl Scout Monica from troop 1548

I didn’t get a chance to participate in the Agape House service, but I was proud of my sister for doing her part to get the award. My favorite part about being a Girl Scout is the activities we can do to get badges and patches.  I want to fill every spot on my vest with awards and badges.

Cookie Nutrition Cheat Sheet!

October 29, 2013

It’s almost time to set up cookie booths and sell to customers on the spot! Make sure that you know the important nutrition information about each cookie so that you can ensure customer satisfaction! Many people have allergies and dietary restrictions that limit the kinds of cookies they can buy; impress your customers with your knowledge of you product! Below you can find a “cheat sheet” that includes the most important info about each cookie! Click on each image for full info from abcsmartcookies.com

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STEM Week Day 4: Infographic on Women in STEM

October 24, 2013

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For day four of our STEM week, let’s take a look at what STEM careers exist, how many women are currently working in a STEM career, how many jobs are available and what earning potential a woman has in a STEM career. To learn about all of these facts and figures, take a look at this awesome infographic that was found at Techschool.com!
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STEM Week Day 3: Teaching tween girls to put science and engineering to work in their everyday lives

October 23, 2013

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As we discussed on Monday – this weekend we have a VERY exciting program coming up called Invent it. Build it. At the event girls will meet with real engineers and will have the opportunity to interact with women from different organizations that support the movement of providing STEM activities to girls. One of the women that will be in attendance is Rita Karl. Ms. Karl, who is National Productions’ Director of STEM Outreach and Education at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) and has over 25 years of experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education leadership.

At TPT, Ms. Karl has worked to expand SciGirls, which is a show for kids that aims to engages girls in STEM learning and careers.  Its television show which airs on PBS Kids and its destination website, outreach initiatives and professional development have proven successful:  SciGirls has reached over 14 million girls, educators, and families, making it the most widely accessed girls’ STEM program available nationally.

SciGirls is geared towards kids ages 8-12 and features curious tween girls who put science and engineering to work in their everyday lives; unlike most children’s TV shows, SciGirls integrates the companion Web site into the show for an interactive experience.

Each episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere! The episodes begin with Izzie facing a challenge. Viewers follow her as she goes onto the Web site where she selects one of the archived projects that will help her conquer her challenge. She launches the project video and follows the SciGirls live-action story, learning as she watches. Viewers are invited to upload their own science projects, making the SciGirls Web site a destination for any girl who is interested in science.

The goal of SciGirls is nothing less than changing how millions of girls think about science, technology, engineering and math! Every girl can be a SciGirl!

Watch below to see a preview of SciGirls Season 2 – Also don’t miss out on the Invent it. Build it. experience this Saturday!
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