Girl Scouts Encourage STEM Learning by Offering 23 New Badges

The Girl Scouts have announced they will add 23 new badges relating to the STEM field and the outdoors.

Scouts can earn badges in activities like programming robots, designing model race cars, writing code and going on environmentally conscious camping trips.

On their site, the Girl Scouts say the new badges with fix the lack of exposure girls have to the STEM field.

The new Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age—areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside Girl Scouting—increasing their confidence in an all-girl, girl-led environment where they feel comfortable to try new things, take appropriate risks, and learn from failure.

This announcement marks the largest change to the program in over a decade and comes just a month after it was announced new badges in cyber-security. 

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