July 22, 2020 – Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and Girl Scouts of the USA have announced 24 new badges centered around engineering and STEM.
The new badges place emphasis on automotive engineering, STEM career exploration, entrepreneurship, and civics, many of which remain male-dominated according to GSCI.
The new Girl Scout badges include:
· Entrepreneurship (grades K–12). Girls develop an entrepreneurial mindset as they engage in age-appropriate exercises that help them create and pitch a product or service that solves a problem. They build their own business plan and think about topics like production, cost, profit, marketing, and competition.
· STEM Career Exploration (grades 2–8). Girls explore their career interests and connect them to STEM fields—particularly computer science, nature/environmental science, engineering, design, health, and agriculture—that can help them address the pressing issues of our time and change the world.
· Automotive Engineering (grades K–5). Girls learn about designing, engineering, and manufacturing vehicles, as well as the future of mobility. They design their own vehicles, test prototypes, learn about design thinking, create their own assembly line manufacturing process, and more.
· Civics (grades K–12). Girls gain an in-depth understanding of how local, state, and federal government works, preparing them to be voters, activists, and even political leaders. They research laws and how they’re created, voting, and the electoral college, the representation of women in government, and more.
“Now more than ever we need to make sure girls have the support and resources to become strong leaders,” GSCI CEO Pam Kovacevich said. “These new badge experiences in STEM, entrepreneurship, and the critically important subject of civics, gives us the educational tools to continuously evolve our effort to build transformational female leaders of today and the future. We’re showing girls they have the power to truly change the world.”