Tag Archives: STEM

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.

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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.

Girls in STEM: Snow Safety and Snow Science at Keystone Science School

Submitted by Dave Miller

Mountain Communities

Keystone

Keystone Science School is offering a program specifically designed for girls, highlighting careers within snow safety and snow science. Girls in STEM, which runs February 8 – 10, 2019, will teach girls about snow science and a wide variety of careers within snow safety and snow science. The program is open to any girl currently in third – eighth grade. Participating girls will first learn how to cross country ski, which will turn into their mode of transportation for the remainder of the weekend. They will then learn about many aspects of snow science, including the many forms of snow grains, snow metamorphosis, and the many layers within our snowpack. Girls will be digging snow pits and learning how to analyze the snowpack by identifying layers and all the variables which create a stable or unstable snow pack such as the slope, aspect, and different weather events which have influenced the snowpack.

Throughout the weekend, girls will also learn about careers within snow safety and snow science from female professionals working in the field and known to the program as STEM Mentors. Keystone Science School is partnering with Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. The featured STEM Mentor is Lindsay Wiebold, who is on the Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol. The program will also be supported by ski area snow safety technicians, and member from a local avalanche dog team. These STEM mentors are the cornerstone of the program because girls won’t just learn about various professions, but also the barriers each STEM mentor experienced when entering the field. The barriers can be gender-based through their educational and professional experience, but also any other limiting factor and how each individual STEM mentor handled that barrier.

Program Details

Location: Keystone Science School, 1053 Soda Ridge Road, Keystone, Colorado 80435

Dates and Time: February 8 – 10, 2019

Cost: $175 per participant (includes food, equipment, lodging, and  instruction). Scholarships are available.

More information: (970) 468 – 2098 or Support@KeystoneScienceSchool.org

Website: https://www.keystonescienceschool.org/camp/girls-in-stem

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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.

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SheTech 2019

9th and 10th grade Girl Scouts: We have the opportunity to send up to 15 girls to the SheTech Explorer Day on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the University of Denver – SIE Complex.

What is it? 

SheTech Explorer Day is a hands-on tech conference for high school girls 9th through 12th grade. This day-long event will include hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The ultimate goal is to expose girls to technology in a fun atmosphere, as well as meet STEM role models to learn more about opportunities in those fields. Girls who attend will have access to internships, receive a SheTech certificate, receive pathway information, and become part of a community to help girls have opportunities in STEM. http://shetechexplorer.com/explorer-days/​​

Cost? 

FREE! Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided. Participants must arrange own transportation. Adults can attend for free as well as a chaperone.

How do I attend? 

Email Emily Speck at emily.speck@gscolorado.org with the subject line : SheTech. Provide your girl’s full name, school, and grade. This will be a first come, first-served opportunity. The deadline is January 31.

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

Cybersecurity field trip

Submitted by Rebecca Greco

Metro Denver

Broomfield

Brownie Troop 65575 took a field trip to the Apple Store at Flatirons Mall and earned their “Cybersecurity Basics” and “Cybersecurity Safeguard” badges. They learned about the internet and the importance of protecting themselves online.

At their next meeting, the Brownies expanded on the things they learned by working together to design castles. The girls had very imaginative ideas of ways to protect their castles and we talked about why it’s important to protect themselves online.

We’re excited to dig deeper into cybersecurity when they earn their “Cybersecurity Investigator” badge!

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

Daisies learn how to keep a digital treasure safe

Submitted by Lorell Duteil

Metro Denver

Lakewood

Lakewood Daisy Troop 60711 recently completely the “Cybersecurity Basics” badge. The girls enjoyed brainstorming ways to protect real and digital “treasure” as well as learning and discussing about different types of computers. The girls protected their crystal gems by boxing, hiding, bubble wrapping, taping, tying it up, warning labels, and disguising the package.

The Daisies were really excited to share all the computers they know of and how they use computers to learn and ‘see’ the world. They are also working on the “Space Explorer” badge and liked talking about computers they could use in space. They are excited to take on the “Cybersecurity Safeguards” badge activities soon.

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Multi-level Troop 65659 uses computational thinking to help oceans

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scout Cadette Elizabeth completed the “Think Like a Programmer” Journey with the help of her multi-level troop. She planned a web-site to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to inspire people everywhere to make lifestyle changes that can help solve the problem and protect our resources.

First, the girls made a list of local, personal, and global problems computers can solve. They learned about what programmers do and what computers do to solve problems. With input from the troop, Elizabeth chose a community to focus on for her Take Action project: the ocean community of people and animals. She narrowed down all the problems affecting the ocean community to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

They used computational thinking by taking a big problem, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and breaking it into steps. They learned how to apply user-centered design by identifying the concerns, interests, and needs of the users of the oceans: humans need healthy food, transportation, medicine, minerals, transportation, and a healthy climate, and sea creatures need a healthy, clean environment to live in.

Elizabeth’s solution was to educate and inspire people about the garbage patch,. She considered what might be important to our users: easy ways to take action and step-by-step instructions. Elizabeth used feedback to improve her solution by learning what current ocean clean-up projects tell the public that people can do to help.

Elizabeth wanted to reach others to teach them what she learned, so the troop hosted a Call to Action event for the whole community. During the event, troop members and attendees learned about the problem and created artwork to raise awareness and remind them of their pledge to Take Action. Elizabeth came up with the idea to create a website to share information about the garbage patch, so her project would be sustainable. She wanted the website to include information for visitors on how to contact their elected representatives and information on local recycling options.

The finished website includes art inspired by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch created by Elizabeth, her troop, and the event guests. It also includes instructions on how to make your own art and pledge to Take Action to ensure our oceans are protected! Please visit the site at https://garbagepatchcalltoaction.myvidmy.com/ and share the link with everyone you know to create lasting change!

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