The Girl Scouts of the USA has rolled out 23 new badges specifically related to STEM and the outdoors. So, now girls have the opportunity to earn badges for thinking and learning like programmers and engineers.
Among the new empowering STEM-related badges are "What Robots Do," Programming Robots," "How Robots Move," "Leap Bot Design Challenge," and "Roller Coaster Design Challenge." The goal is to expose more young girls to the fields of robotics, mechanical engineering, and computer science.
To create the new programs, the Girl Scouts collaborated with STEM-focused organizations Code.org, GoldieBlox, SciStarter, Society of Women Engineers, and WGBH/Design Squad Global, as well as the outdoor-focused Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
These are just the latest STEM-related badges — Girl Scouts have actually been teaching STEM-related content, like how to build computers, to their members for a while now. And in June, the organization partnered with Palo Alto Networks to introduce 18 badges for cybersecurity. The program teaches girls how viruses and phishing attempts work.
Since one of the Girl Scouts new tasks will be to create an algorithm, we can only assume it'll be to help them sell even more Samoas and Thin Mints. Get your wallets ready.