Awesome! Girl Scouts Just Added 23 New STEM Badges

The organization announced Tuesday it's adding 23 new badges related to science technology engineering math and the outdoors

The organization announced Tuesday it's adding 23 new badges related to science technology engineering math and the outdoors

As their website says, they "believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to change the world".

"We're very excited for them to come out and we're very excited to earn them", said Girl Scout Aleah Cordova.

Among the new offerings are badges focusing on robotics, coding, aviation design, and meteorology.

The new Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo comes to the organization from a background in technology, and she's introducing new achievement badges and other incentives to encourage girls to discover and pursue careers in science and technology.

The need for this kind of promotion is more than obvious. Women make up only 29% of the science and engineering workforce, according to a report.

"A lot of girls haven't made that shift from using technology to, 'You can actually be a programmer, '" said Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of the Girl Scouts to NBC News. To make matters worse, women have earned more than 57 percent of all bachelor's degrees in the last 10 years, but the proportion of women earning STEM degrees has fallen and hovers below 20 percent.

The scouts, which are 1.8 million strong in the USA, has offered such opportunities in the past but consider the new badges and related programming a major push.

"One of the reasons I became an engineer and a rocket scientist is directly attributable to my Girl Scout experience".

In a press release issued Tuesday, the organization said the 23 badges represent its largest program rollout in almost a decade, and include recognitions in areas like creating algorithms, designing robots and racecars, going on environmentally conscious camping trips, collecting outdoors data, and engineering. "It lets girls have a fun experience with friends while learning a skill".

The press release from the Girl Scouts noted that, "Girl Scouts are nearly twice as likely as non-Girl Scouts to participate in STEM (60 percent versus 35 percent) and outdoor activities (76 percent versus 43 percent)". "Those are the types of things that we want to ignite in the girls".

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