Thursday, June 5, 2014

Girl Scouts "Konneckt" with STEM

As part of a push among organizations such as Girl Scouts to encourage girls to pursue interests in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related activities, Konneckt Science Mobile Technologies, in partnership with Bricks 4 Kidz, presented an interactive workshop last month at A Place for Girls, the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast regional program center in Chesapeake. This event was designed especially for Girl Scouts in grades four and five.

Girl Scout Junior Kalani from Virginia Beach constructed
 a functional tilt-a-whirl model out of LEGO® bricks. 

During the event, girls worked with a variety of LEGO® bricks to build and animate a series of amusement park rides, including a tilt-a-whirl. With the aid of laptops, girls learned basic programming to bring a LEGO® frog model to life. They also created a mini-movie featuring the changing colors of a stoplight through an animation software program. All of these activities go towards the requirements for girls to earn the Entertainment Technology badge, which is designed to teach girls about the science behind the world of entertainment.

The workshop in May was the third out of a series of workshops by Konneckt Science Mobile Technologies made available to the Girl Scouts, and nearly 30 girls have participated. The workshop itself was designed to help girls see themselves in STEM careers and give girls the opportunity to learn new skills and develop-self confidence in a supportive environment. Today, women only hold 26 percent of available STEM jobs and just 11.5 percent of engineering jobs, so the Girl Scouts are working to fill the gap by giving girls the opportunity to engage in STEM activities so that they are inspired to envision themselves in STEM careers.

This summer, girls can enjoy STEM activities at a variety of Girl Scout camps, including Mad Science for Girl Scout Brownies at Camp Skimino in July and Imagine Your STEM Future for girls in grades 6-12 at Camp Darden in August. Our camps are open to all girls, whether or not they are currently registered members of Girl Scouts. View a complete list of our summer camps here