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Girl Scouts of America Will Add 30 New STEM Badges This Summer

The Girl Scout program was founded in 1912 with hopes of inspiring girls to embrace their individuality and strength. (c)2018 Abigail Fridmann

Click the Play button above to find out what new badges will be integrated to the Girl Scout Program, and how Central New York plans to utilize them. 

Audio transcript: Girl Scouts Add STEM Program

By Abigail Fridmann, SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News) — Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math make up the acronym STEM.  But recent studies show women only make up 24 percent of those industries. The Girl Scouts are looking change these statistics. 

Jamie Alvarez, Communications Director at Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, says the STEM badge program is intended to prepare young girls for 21st century problems.  She also says issues like online safety, and cyber security are prevalent in 2018, so by involving them now, they will be better prepared for the future.

“The badges are obviously helping them prepare for a lifetime of leaderships and building skills, and one of the caveats of the program is helping the girls make the world a better place,” says Alvarez. 

Some of the badges include cyber security, space exploration, and robotics.

This group of scouts has experience working with technology, however. They partner with Lego League, which is a junior robotics program. By continuing to work with this technology, girls would be able to earn some of these STEM badges. 

One of the newest additions to this badge program is a College Knowledge badge. This is offered to junior and senior girls, and gives them test prep and financial aid advice. 

Alvarez also says other parts of the program will teach online safety, and environmental advocacy. Alvarez says ultimately, Girl Scouts of America want to help their girls be the best they can be. 

“Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,” says Alvarez.  “From 1912 to 2018 obviously the world has changed and we’re continuing to give them positive leadership experiences and skills to take them as they grow.”

The STEM badges will be released for the NYPENN Pathways division at the end of August.