Girl Scouts offers badges and other activities that encourages girls to explore STEM careers that could lead to a career in advanced manufacturing, such as Think Like an Engineer, Mechanical Engineering or Robotics. Girls participate in hands-on design challenges, such as building and testing roller coasters, race cars, and gliders as well as designing and programming their own robots.
SciGirls’ focus is to encourage girls between 8 and 13 years to arrive in high school with a positive attitude toward STEM coursework and careers. Research shows some girls begin to lose interest (and confidence in their abilities) in math and science in middle school. Rooted in what research has revealed engages girls in STEM, these strategies are for educators and other adults and have also been proven to work with all learners, including underrepresented youth. Everyone benefits from a gender equitable approach to STEM
This site can help you find STEM programs in your community that you may want to promote with your students or partner with to promote your program. It has a searchable database where you can find STEM programs in your area. Enter your program in The Connectory to help with your own outreach to girls looking for a STEM opportunity in your community.
“Making it Real” gives young girls and educators an opportunity to learn about today’s advanced manufacturing workplace directly from women practitioners, and discover the skills needed to be successful in a advanced manufacturing career. The program taps into today’s female advanced manufacturing leaders to help inspire the next generation of leadership and talent. The full-day Summit introduces girls to advanced manufacturing through team-based activities that replicate the advanced manufacturing process from concept to design to fabrication to quality control. Students have a chance to learn firsthand from manufacturers about rapid advances in advanced manufacturing technologies and future career opportunities. Educators can attend a workshop focused on strategies to inspire interest among girls in STEM-related careers and best practices for incorporating female role models in the classroom, featuring a collaborative discussion that includes the afternoon’s roundtable panelists.