Earlier this month, Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands hosted girls between 12 and 18 years old from across the country for our Eyes to the Sky Destination, a three-day immersion camp for girls interested in STEM.
The program, which ran Aug. 19 through 21, exposed girls to the world of Space Science and STEM through a unique partnership with NASA and coincided with the Total Solar Eclipse passing over South Carolina on Aug. 21, as well as the Eyes to the Sky Solar Eclipse destination.
Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands and Girl Scouts of the USA announced on Aug. 17 new details on a five-year program called “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts.” The program will be funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute.
Girls will have the opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math through Girls Scouts’ new Space Science Badges. The new badges will be offered at every level and range from Space Science Explorer for Daisies in kindergarten and first grade to Space Science Master for Ambassadors in grades 11 and 12.
Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands is currently piloting the space badges with eight Daisy and eight Brownie troops volunteering to test the badges. The Space Science badges will join Girl Scouts’ national roster of STEM badges by 2019 and will provide a seamless pathway for girls to develop an appreciation for the cosmos and the skills necessary to continue on to a career in aerospace or other STEM fields.
This post contains excerpts from articles published by Midlands Biz.