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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The Sky Is the Limit with Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

Yes, girls just want to have fun . as a scientist, geologist, computer engineer or astronaut. S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a nationally known acronym used by educators to refer to these subject areas. Now, Girl Scouts (GSSJC) are also familiar with the term because of the variety of engaging S.T.E.M. programs they have recently attended.

Today, more than 60 percent of all jobs require some form of technology skills. According to the National Science Foundation, women currently represent 46 percent of the total workforce, but only 25 percent of the technology workforce and 10 percent of the nation's top technology jobs. GSSJC's S.T.E.M. programs are designed to encourage girls to develop an early interest in math, science, and technology and, ultimately, maintain that interest to help ensure a more diverse, dynamic and productive workforce. GSSJC has accepted mentoring, encouraging and educating girls as a critical commitment.

In the summer of 2006, GSSJC kicked off the Mars Rover project. Girls were encouraged to learn about rovers including how to build them. In September, speakers from NASA led activities covering constellations, moon rocks and the search for a habitable planet. More than 500 Girl Scouts and leaders participated in this "Space Out" event at Camp Misty Meadows. The girls expressed their individuality and creativity when they designed "aliens" from recyclables based upon its habitat.

The girls continued to increase their knowledge through a Junior Girl Scout Badge Workshop hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in November. The girls completed most of the requirements for the "Making It Matter" badge. Then, later in the month, Rice University Graduate Geology students hosted a "Rocks Rock" Junior Girl Scout Badge workshop.

For the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, the sky was truly the limit for at the George Observatory Challenger Learning Center as the girls explored the night skies through telescopes during night hikes and became astronauts in the Challenger Center simulated space flights. These activities were part of workshops where Brownie Girl Scouts earned their Space Explorer and Movers Brownie try-its while Junior Girl Scouts earned their Aerospace and Sky Search badges.

The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science and Women's Energy Network have also hosted Girl Scouts at S.T.E.M. events. Many other activities and programs are currently in the works.

"Girl Scouts continues to grow and evolve as our girl's dreams and ambitions expand," said CEO Mary Vitek. "Our S.T.E.M. programs will hopefully lead some of the participants to be scientific pioneers in their chosen fields in the years to come.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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