Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta strives to ensure that every Girl Scout in the Greater Atlanta area has the opportunity to explore different aspects of science, technology, engineering and math each year. Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta plan to do this by providing “fun with purpose” events, activities and resources to girls throughout our council.
Girl Scouts' approach to STEM is unique because:
- STEM experiences are framed within the context of leadership: Research shows girls are more interested in STEM careers when they know how their work can help others.
- The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages girls through the three Girl Scout processes of: girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning. Here's how these processes provide quality STEM experiences for girls:
- Girl-led: Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek challenges. The girl-led process encourages girls to decide which topics they want to explore and how they want to go about it.
- Learning by doing: Research shows that, particularly with STEM, youth need to be hands-on, active learners. The learning-by-doing process encourages this approach.
- Cooperative learning: The cooperative learning process gives girls the opportunity to develop leadership and STEM skills in a way that might feel most comfortable.