Girl Scouts add badges in robotics, science and engineering

MORGANTOWN — Today, female empowerment is taking the world by storm. With women working C-level roles at Fortune 500 companies, running for President and breaking glass ceilings, new doors are opening.
The character building, all-girl organization, the Girl Scouts, is embracing this female movement by introducing new badges to encourage involvement and positive change in key 21st century issues.
The Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council and Girl Scouts of the USA revealed earlier this month 30 new badges available exclusively for girls ages 5 to 18 to earn. The badges enhance the Girl Scout experience by allowing girls to learn about society’s most pressing needs, as well as acquire skills to set them up for future success.
Some of the badges focus on topics like cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science and space exploration.
Research shows that girls who participate in Girl Scouts are more than twice as likely to demonstrate community problem-solving skills than girls who do not participate.
Girls in grades kindergarten to fifth grade can earn badges in environmental stewardship, cybersecurity, space science and mechanical engineering. The environmental stewardship badge allows girls to learn how to respect nature and ways to protect the outdoors, and is funded by the Elliot Wildlife Values Project.
The cybersecurity badge teaches girls age-appropriate, online safety and privacy, how the internet works and ways to investigate cybercrime. It’s funded by Palo Alto Networks.
The space science badge walks girls through the life of a NASA scientist, teaching them about space and astronomical investigations. It’s funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute.
The mechanical engineering badge is for Girl Scout Juniors, grades 4 and 5, teaching them how to design paddleboats, cranes and balloon-powered cars, in addition to information on buoyancy, kinetic and potential energy, jet prolusion and machines.

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