Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is hosting the Southwestern Illinois JrFLL Expo on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The Expo will be held at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL and will run from 9:30 a.m.-Noon. If you have a JrFLL team and would like to register for the Expo, please fill out the registration form and return it by e-mail, fax or mail to our office. Confirmations will be sent out two weeks prior to the event. Your team must register with FIRST prior to signing up for an Expo. The deadline for teams to register is Monday, February 10, 2014 by 5 p.m.
JrFLL Expo Registration Form
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)
Click here to see STEM in action at GSSI!
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!
Cadette Science Series (Edwardsville) – November/December 2013
Family STEM Night (Effingham) – 2/6/14
Family STEM Night (Edwardsville) – 2/13/14
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