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We love adults who help tell the Girl Scout story!

Girl Scouts across the state are always out doing something great! So much so that it is always hard to be in every single place sharing how Girl Scouts are building their skills to be the leaders of tomorrow.

But that’s I’m really excited about what one of our supportive adults did for us over the weekend to help tell the Girl Scout story.

Laura Kelly attended the Colorado School of Mines Engineering Day with her daughter in Golden on Saturday, Oct. 5th. Throughout the event she Tweeted what they were doing and shared photos.

Today she blogged about the event and then shared it with us.

There are countless opportunities out there for us all to be sharing the greatness of Girl Scouts. I encourage and invite you to take Laura’s lead and share away. And I look forward to hearing your stories!

(Pictured below: Laura and her daughter Jordan, who is a 5th grader.)

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This article was also featured in the Golden Transcript on 10/10/13

Xcel Energy awards STEM grant to Girl Scouts of Colorado

Kirk Scheitler with Xcel Energy presents a $15,000 grant check to Girl Scouts of Colorado’s president and CEO, Stephanie Foote, to support local Girl Scouts science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Xcel Energy recently awarded Girl Scouts of Colorado a $15,000 grant for its statewide science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, with an emphasis on programming in the metro Denver area. The grant will support Girl Scouts of Colorado in providing STEM programs that contribute to girls’ academic achievement and encourage them to realize their potential and leadership capabilities in STEM fields.

Girl Scouts of Colorado incorporates fun and educational STEM activities into all aspects of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—from camp to badge projects, events and after-school programs. Girls are introduced to STEM-related careers that are generally under-represented by women, and to successful female role models who work in those careers. Girl Scouts, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2012, has successfully engaged and cultivated girls’ interest in STEM subjects over the decades.

Through its focus area grants, Xcel Energy supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that: improve science, technology, engineering, economics and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provide access to arts and culture. In 2011, the company contributed $3.9 million in focus area grants to organizations across its eight-state service territory. More information on Xcel Energy is available at xcelenergy.com.

To learn more on how to support Colorado’s 30,000 Girl Scouts and 9,000 adult volunteers, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org or call 1-855-726-4726.

Girl Scout Gold Awardees make a difference

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Broomfield High School Junior Grace Forrey “battled the effects of relational aggression and media hype” for her Girl Scout Gold Award. She designed, organized, and implemented self-esteem workshops to help girls entering 4th-6th grade realize their worth and recognize what factors have us at their mercy. Grace said, “Boys take it out on the sports field, girls take it out on each other.”

Clear Creek High School Junior Nicole Moes “was distressed with gender differences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields” so she did something to share her love of science for her Gold Award. Two events were held- one for 5th -7th grade girls on the fun side of science and a more career oriented event for high school students.

Are you an organ donor? Niwot High School Senior Katie Rose “set out to educate her peers on the need for organs for transplant” to earn her Gold Award. Katie said, “If tragedy strikes, your organs could go to help someone who would die without a transplant.”

Girl Scouts of Colorado congratulates these girls who recently completed the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award!

Reach for the stars, you’ll land on the moon!


Written by Colorado Girl Scout Alumnae, Emily Walters, who earned her Gold Award in 2004

Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Gold Award has helped me get to where I am today.

I was recently fortunate to work on the GRAIL satellite project at Lockheed Martin. GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) is a two satellite system that will orbit the moon to analyze the internal structure and lunar gravity. They are relatively small compared to other satellites, about the size of a washer and dryer, and launched toward the moon on Sept. 8, 2011. I was a part of the team that assembled the spacecraft, tested each component of the spacecraft as it was added, and tested the fully integrated system. Prior to the launch, I worked in Cape Canaveral, Florida to do final testing and integrate the GRAIL satellites to the rocket. Some days I wrote procedures or code software scripts, other days I worked in a cleanroom bunny suit running a test on the spacecraft. I got to work directly with the hardware to get to know the satellites in and out. On Sept. 8th, I helped the team launch the rocket for its journey to the moon!

In school and growing up, I was always interested in math and science. When it was time to decide what I wanted to do for my Gold Award project (one of Girl Scouts most prestigious awards), I knew that I wanted to do something to share my love of math and science. When I was in high school, I earned my Gold Award for starting a summer science program for elementary aged kids. It was an opportunity for me to have fun and help inspire others with my passion for science. During my project, I led the children through different science topics and experiments. Since I had always been interested in space, we had a “space week” where we explored different space topics.

What helped me the most with earning my Gold Award were the team building experiences that I had through Girl Scouts. I had an opportunity to learn about leadership and eventually take the lead. I also had to go outside of my comfort zone while working on my Gold Award, which helped me push my boundaries. I use these skills at work by asserting myself with a team to make sure that GRAIL was ready to go to the moon. On Sept. 8th, I sat in front of a monitor in the Mission Control Center as the rocket counted down to take GRAIL to the moon.

If you want to learn more about GRAIL, visit these sites:

Girl Scouts compete in robotics competitions

Savanna and Linda with their BUILD Award

View more photos in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Flickr gallery.

From Troop Leader Susan Baker

Linda Baker, 9th grade, and Savanna Inman, 10th grade, are Girl Scout Seniors in Troop 66 from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins. Linda and Savanna competed this year in two different robotics community teams in Northern Colorado.

Their VEX Robotics team built and programmed a robot that is under 18” in size, and competed in Berthoud, Loveland, Logan (Utah) and at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Orlando (Florida) April 13-17. Their team of five freshmen and sophomores competed with and against more 500 teams from around the world in matches and interviews over a period of three days. The team ended up winning the Build Award, which is presented by a panel of judges to the team that has constructed and programmed the best robot consisting of mechanical and electrical components.

The girls’ Lego Robotics team built and programmed a robot that is under 12” in size and is pre-programmed to perform missions autonomously to earn as many points as possible in 2 and half minutes. They also participated in a research project to measure and record gait disorders in elderly people. The team won the second-highest award at the Colorado Championship in Denver. Linda joined another team to compete in the North American Open at LegoLand in California against 76 teams from the United States and Canada May 21-22. Linda’s team there won the highest award for Gracious Professionalism, which encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

“My favorite part of robotics was getting the chance to teach programming to students who are younger than I am,” said Linda. “I really enjoy mentoring others in the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math. This year I have come to realize that I have a lot more to learn, as well as a lot that I can teach others. I would like to see more Girl Scouts involved in STEM subjects in school, as well as in extracurricular activities.”

“My favorite part was learning the fun ways of doing math, building things and making it all fit together,” said Savanna. “I also liked the new skills I learned, such as soldering and teamwork. I also really liked building the robot. I enjoyed working with everyone, brainstorming ideas and trying them out. It was fun to work as a team to decide what was better for whatever we needed at the time.”