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Five Great Girl Moments in STEM at GSofSI!


On International Women In Science Day, let's flash back to some fantastic moments in STEM history here at Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois.  While we're celebrating, please VOTE GSOFSI in the Google Impact Challenge Illinois!

Small Town Techies Start a Tremendous Trend

To date, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has hosted approximately 125 robotics teams, but it all started with one – The Techie 10 from Neoga, Illinois (population 1,636). The Techie Ten built and programmed an autonomous robot to compete in FIRST LEGO League and were one of sixteen teams in our region to qualify for the second round of regionals. The Techie 10 were sponsored by The Motorola Foundation, and many of today's GSofSI Robotics Teams are sponsored by The Monsanto Fund. On top of starting the robot revolution at GSofSI, most of the Techie 10 team members have went on to study STEM fields in college!

Carbondale Brownies Get to Know Monarch Butterflies

Girl Scout Brownie Troop #8165 kicked off their very first troop meeting of 2018 by learning about Monarch butterflies. Their Troop Leader Daisy C. operates an official Monarch Waystation, which helps provide food and habitat for the insects. The girls helped sex, tag, catalog, and release the butterflies to help with conservation efforts.

OOPS! Robotics' Candy Cannon Wows the Crowd

Team OOPS! Robotics chose their name “because every great idea started with an OOPS!” but there was no mistake that this GSofSI Robotics team ROCKED. The council’s only FIRST TECH Challenge team to date, OOPS! won several awards for building and programming robots using a variety of programming languages and engineering tactics.  The team was also known for their innovative ways of spreading STEM in the community – including by using their robot to crush cookies for the national Taste of Home Girl Scout Cookie recipe contest and marching in the O’Fallon Veterans Day Parade with their candy cannon.

Bailee Benefits Birds

In 2016, Bailee Warsing from Granite City was nominated as a Girl Scouts National Young Women of Distinction for her STEM-based Girl Scout Gold Award project.  To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest award in Girl Scouts – Bailee built a raptor residence at TreeHouse Wildlife Center in Dow, Illinois, a local nonprofit that rehabilitates sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. Bailee also raised community awareness about the effect of human expansion on birds and ways to help offset the impact.  

Sensory Friendly STEM With Troop #123

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Troop #123 was formed to serve girls with special needs. One of Troop #123’s favorite activities is exploring STEM! Activities mix Girl Scout badge work with some sensory-friendly STEM fun.

These are just a few of so many amazing moments in STEM here at GSofSI! Give us a shout out sharing your favorite memory on Facebook!