Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is excited to bring back their STEM Explosions Day Camp for 2014. This camp, for girls in grades 4-12, will be held at Camp Torqua July 21-25. For girls in grades 2-3, you’re in luck! You can attend the Mini STEM Explosion Day Camp, also at Camp Torqua, July 24-25. For more information on either of these Day Camps, please click on the links below.
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) serves 14,000 girls and 4,800 adult volunteers in 40 ½ counties throughout southern Illinois. Through community collaborations, GSSI provides an extensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program that allows girls to participate in robotics competitions, build bridges, discover science & technology and explore opportunities in non-traditional fields to uncover their full potential. (read more)
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Young girls need to be empowered and exposed to industries where they are underrepresented, and we are uniquely positioned to provide this exposure through hands on activities and exciting programs!
Read current research from Girl Scouts of the USA
GSSI STEM Brochure
GSSI offers many STEM programs for girls of all grade levels. Click on any of the programs below for more information. And, don’t forget to check out our Resource Kits! Check back often for the latest updates and program additions!
Brownie Science Series (Makanda) – three weekly sessions, beginning 9/9/14
Candy Chemistry (Robinson) – 10/18/14
GSI: Girl Scout Investigator for Cadettes (Makanda) – 11/8/14
GSI: Girl Scout Investigator for Brownies and Juniors (Makanda) – 11/8/14
Plus many more! Be sure to check out our Year Long Program Book for additional programs and events!
Girl Scouts are learning valuable life skills as they discover how to build and program robots. Under the guidance of mentors, girls experiment with new techniques and learn from the outcomes. Girl Scouts who participate in robotics teams discover their ability to succeed with technology while developing strong teamwork skills. We have Robotics Teams for all grade levels! Our JrFLL teams are for girls in Kindergarten – 3rd grades, our FLL teams are for girls in grades 4th – 8th, and our Botball teams are for girls in grades 6th – 12th.
If you are interested in starting or joining a robotics team, please contact Mary Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At GSSI, we are always looking for community and business partners to help discover girls’ potential through STEM. STEM jobs are among the fastest growing sectors of our economy. Between 2012 and 2020, STEM related employment is projected to increase by 16.5% to over 8.5 million jobs, yet only 25% of the STEM workforce is women. Research has pointed to the importance of mentors for attracting, retaining and promoting women in STEM careers. You and your business or community organization can help by:
If you are interested in helping advocate for girls in STEM, you can join our Advocacy network by contacting Emily Stanley at email@example.com
- Funding a program opportunity
- Mentoring girls on robotics teams
- Mentoring girls on science career choices
- Partnering to host a STEM program or event