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Juniors earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Randi Bangerter

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

We learned sending a message on a computer network is very complicated. Even short messages must travel through many other computers and networks. They don’t just go to directly to their destination.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Brownies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Amber Biviano

Metro Denver

Parker

Our girls were excited to earn their first cybersecurity patch. The Palo Alto-created activity was a simple and fun way to begin a discussion with our Brownies about layers of security. Starting with the creation of our “secure castles,”  we then moved into digital/cyber security with our phones, computers, tablets, etc.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Earn a FREE cybersecurity patch

Calling all Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors! Here’s your chance to earn a special cybersecurity patch from Girl Scouts of the USA.

Step One

Choose the cybersecurity activity appropriate for your Girl Scout level as listed in this PDF:

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These activities are from the Daisy, Brownie, and Junior cybersecurity badges. If you choose to swap out another activity, we highly recommend that you use one from Badge 1: Cybersecurity Basics, since that badge teaches foundational concepts that are built on in badges 2 and 3.

Step Two

Complete the activity and take lots of photos/videos.

Step Three

Share your story and photos from the activity using the Share Your Stories form: www.gscoblog.org/share 

Be sure to include what you learned about cybersecurity and why it is so important, along with any plans you might have to earn another STEM or cybersecurity badge.

Watch this video by a troop of Girl Scout Juniors who earned this special patch.

Once your story and photos have been received, GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper will contact you regarding the number of patches you need and where they should be mailed. Patches will be distributed on a first come, first-serve basis.

Questions? Email AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Register NOW for the Girl Scout Cyber Challenge

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to detect, decode, and defend! The Girl Scout Cyber Challenge is Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Arapahoe Community College. This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario—a moon colony has been hacked! — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. Girls will learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Register online now! https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2019/girl_scout_cyber_cha.html

For this event, girls will be working collaboratively in randomly assigned small teams. This is to mimic the type of work cybersecurity professionals do in the field.

This Cyber Challenge and the launch of Girl Scouts’ first national computer science program is made possible through a multi-year commitment from Raytheon, who is partnering with Girl Scouts to help close the gender gap in STEM fields by helping prepare girls to pursue careers in fields like cybersecurity, computer science, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Together, Raytheon and Girl Scouts are reaching girls during formative school years, where research shows peer pressure can sometimes deter girls from pursing their interest in STEM.

The cost is $5 per girl. All supplies, lunch, snacks, and event patch will be provided. Opportunity grants available upon registration. Girls should wear their Girl Scout vest or sash and we encourage them to bring a full, reusable water bottle.

This is a drop off event. Girls will be required to bring a completed permission form with them to submit at check in. Permission form is linked on the registration page and will be linked in your confirmation email and emailed out ahead of time. To expedite check in, we recommend filling out the form ahead of time and bringing a completed copy.

Registration closes Tuesday, October 8. Late registrations will NOT be accepted. Please confirm girl’s availability to attend the event before registering.

Questions? girlexperience@gscolorado.org. If you have any questions or trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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Change the world with 42 NEW Girl Scout badges

Choose your next adventure and earn one of 42 NEW badges! New programming released by Girl Scouts of the USA on July 16, 2019 enhances existing girl-led activities and offers girls everything from high adventure in the outdoors to learning how to use code to solve problems. Among the 42 new offerings are Outdoor High Adventure badges which feature, for the first time in Girl Scouts’ history, two distinct activity options, letting girls choose how they want to earn each badge.

In addition to existing badge offerings, girls in grades 6–12 can now pursue:

  • Nine Cybersecurity badges, through which girls learn about the inner workings of computer technology and cybersecurity and apply concepts of safety and protection to the technology they use every day. Activities range from decrypting and encrypting messages, to learning proper protection methods for devices, to exploring real-world hacking scenarios (funded by Palo Alto Networks).
  • Three Space Science badges, through which girls explore topics such as the universe and their place in it, properties of light, and inspiring careers in space science (funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute).
  • Think Like a Citizen Scientist, a Girl Scout Leadership Journey during which girls participate in interactive activities to practice observation techniques; collect data; and share their findings with real-world scientists through an online network. As with all of Girl Scouts’ Leadership Journeys, girls use their newly honed skills to take action on a community issue of their choosing (funded by Johnson & Johnson and The Coca-Cola Foundation).
  • To prepare girls in grades 6–12 to pursue computer science careers, Girl Scouts will launch the organization’s first Cyber Challenge on October 19 at sites nationwide, including Arapahoe Community College in Littleton. This program aims to prepare girls to pursue computer science careers in fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, robotics, and data science. Girls will test their cybersecurity skills, team up with other girls, and meet with cybersecurity professionals!

The new programming for girls in grades K–12 includes:

  • 12 Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures like backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and tree climbing—giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature. These are the first Girl Scout badges that members can earn by choosing one of two self-directed paths (funded by The North Face).
  • 18 Coding for Good badges, which not only teach girls the basics of coding but also detail how every stage of the coding process provides girls with opportunities to use their skills for good. Girls will learn about algorithms through age-appropriate, creative activities, such as coding positive memes to spread a message about a cause they care about, designing a digital game to educate people about an issue, and developing an app to promote healthy habits. Every Coding for Good badge includes a plugged-in and unplugged version, so that all girls can learn the foundations of coding, regardless of their access to technology (funded by AT&T and Dell Technologies).

“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a mountain climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.”

GSUSA works with top organizations in fields that interest today’s girls. Combined with Girl Scouts’ expertise in girl leadership, these organizations and specialists advise and weigh in on content to provide the most cutting-edge programming available to girls. Content collaborators include codeSpark, the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), SciStarter, and Vidcode. In true girl-led fashion, girls also tested the new offerings.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is 32,000 strong—more than 22,000 girls and 10,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With Girl Scouts, she’ll discover who she is, what she’s passionate about, and what she wants to achieve—both today and in the future. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org.

Daisies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Anna Coconati

Metro Denver

Roxborough

Daisy Troop 68098 from Roxborough earned the cybersecurity patch! We learned about the parts of a computer. We also sent a message to our friends along a string. By the time we sent the message to each friend, we could see that our “computers” had many connections and the string looked like a web. Finally, we learned that it is important to protect our information, and we demonstrated this by wrapping layers of protection around a treasure. We got to decorate our treasure boxes, then protected them with layers of paper, tape, bubble wrap, and plastic bags.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

Cybersecurity STEM fun

Submitted by Nancy Mucklow

Mountain Communities

Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Daisy Troop 58028 explored ways to use technology and keep their “treasures” (personal information) safe in a recent STEM day meeting!

The girls created “nests” and learned more about internet safety and creating layers of security in this age appropriate activity.

Through this session, they were excited to earn the Cyber Hero patch that was offered by Palo Alto Networks, the Cyber Innovation Center, and Girl Scouts!

The girls proved to be innovators through the protective materials they chose to line their “nests!” Some of the choices were bubble wrap, tissue paper, and packing paper scraps.

By completing this activity, the girls will earn this special cybersecurity patch. Learn how to earn yours.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Brownies “byte” into cybersecurity at girl-led badge day

Submitted by Nicole Fleming

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Brownies from Colorado Springs had a blast learning all about cybersecurity at a badge workshop hosted by Troop 43810.

The Cadettes and Seniors of Troop 43810 planned, organized, and held the workshop for Brownies to earn all three cybersecurity badges in a fun, active way. Dozens of Girl Scout Brownies got to play a life-sized board game, crack real life codes, and learn about their real and digital fingerprints.

The go-getters of Troop 43810 are using the funds from the event for national and international travel plans!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Earn STEM and Business badges at One Smart Cookie

Submitted by Stephenie Thorne

Metro Denver

Denver

Looking for an opportunity to earn STEM badges? On January 26, 2019, Alpha Eta Iota will be running a workshop called One Smart Cookie, which offers exciting badges in cybersecurity and business! The event is hosted in the Engineering and Computer Science building at the University of Denver. Each badge session will be two hours for both Juniors and Cadettes. The following badges will be offered:

  • Juniors: Cybersecurity 1: Basics (9 – 11 a.m.) and Product Designer (Noon – 2 p.m.)
  • Cadettes: Netquitte (9 – 11 a.m.) and The Science of Happiness (Noon – 2 p.m.)

The cost of the event is $6 for the morning or afternoon and $12 for the full day.

Register at https://my.cheddarup.com/c/one-smart-cookie.

The registration deadline is January 16 or when capacity is reached.

Contact stephenie.thorne@du.edu with questions or for more info.

Girl Scouts staying for both sessions should bring a sack lunch.

All instruction will be provided by volunteers. Girl Scout volunteers and parents will be needed to maintain safety ratios. A space will be available for parents to hang out during the event if needed.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Cybersecurity 1: Basics with Coalfire

When:

Saturday, January 12, 2019

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:

Coalfire

11000 Westmoor Cir

Westminster, CO 80021

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to work with cybersecurity experts at Coalfire to earn their “Cybersecurity 1: Basics” badge!
The “Cybersecurity 1: Basics” badge will be provided at the event.

Girl Scouts: $5

Adults: FREE

Register online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2019/cybersecurity_1_basi.html

Girls will learn:

  • How computers read information
  • How networks work
  • What protocols are
  • How computers communicate
  • What malware is

Breakfast and snacks will be provided. We encourage participants to plan for a late lunch on their own after the session is over.

This is not a drop off event. Adult-to-girl ratios for events must be met. Girls attending with a troop leader should bring a completed parent permission form for a Girl Scout activity that troop leaders will retain for their records.

Registration ends: Tuesday, January 8

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org