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Girl Scout Juniors earn badge for Balloon Car Design Challenge

Words like jet propulsion, axels, and kinetic energy might make some people nervous, but not the G.I.R.L.s in Girl Scout Junior Troop 65698 of Denver! Bianca, Addison, Jaymie, and Chloe wanted to show everyone how much fun it is to test out your mechanical engineering skills through creating their own balloon-powered car. This activity is part of the Junior Mechanical Engineering Balloon Car Design Challenge badge where Girl Scouts learn about different forms of energy and then design and build a balloon-powered car, test their design, analyze and share results, and brainstorm ways to improve their design.

Is your girl or troop up for the challenge? Access the badge requirements here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/on2rkzwc7oxvkad/AABfFVlgt_dJFLwNZ_93LYwca?dl=0&preview=Junior_Balloon+Car+Design+Challenge.pdf

Help wanted: Girl Scouts to show off their STEM skills

Are you excited about the new STEM badges? Would you be willing to help your fellow Girl Scouts by recording a how-to video? If so, we need your help!

STEM is a subject area that not every leader, or girl, is completely comfortable with. Terms like programmer, robotics, or even scientist can make people nervous and prevent exploring what these badges or Journeys require. Let’s break down some of those nerves by showing everyone how easy it can be. Selected individuals or troops will record a five to ten-minute video that walks a viewer through a how-to on completing an activity that is part of one of our national leadership Journeys or badges.

Requirements:

• Excitement for STEM and experience leading/participating in the new Girl Scout STEM content

• Willingness to be filmed and have your video published by GSCO

• Able to clearly explain activity and follow a lesson plan

• Work with GSCO to have staff film the how-to video

Interested individuals or troops should email Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org. Please include your name, who wants to participate, your city or region, and if you have an activity/subject you would prefer to teach.