Tag Archives: STEM

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.

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

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!

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

Girls Lead the Way conference at Colorado School of Mines

Help us spread the word for this year’s Girls Lead the Way leadership conference hosted by the Society of Women Engineers collegiate and professional sections at Colorado School of Mines!

During the conference, high school girls (grades 9-12) will interact with current Mines students and faculty in three, hour-long engineering and/or applied math and sciences activities designed to engage students with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors at Mines. The event also includes a majors panel, where the girls will hear highlights of each major from department representatives, a parents/guardians’ information session hosted by Mines Undergraduate Admissions (optional), and a campus tour (optional).

This year’s theme, “Boldly Go Where No Woman Has Gone Before,” reflects the conference’s goal of empowering young women with the knowledge that they are capable of pursuing and thriving in STEM education and careers.

When:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

(check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

(optional campus tour 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Where: 

Colorado School of Mines

Student Center

1200 16th St.

Golden, CO 80401

Register today! Open until January 14, 2019 or when 200 registrants is reached. A waitlist will be added once capacity is met.

https://apply.mines.edu/register/GLTW2019

Cost – $30 per student

This covers a continental breakfast, lunch, and activities supplies.
There is no charge to parents/guardians for the optional sessions. Lunch is not included for parents/guardians.

We do not want program cost to be a barrier for participation. There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the cost of this event. If you have a girl(s) in mind who could benefit from this scholarship, please contact Kelly Knechtel at knechtel@mines.edu , SWE Faculty Advisor at Mines, by Friday, December 14, 2018 for a code that can be entered on the registration form.

We look forward to interacting with your high school Girl Scouts on campus in February!

Engineer Badge STEM Program

Submitted Danika Davis

Metro Denver

Denver

Solar Rollers welcomes Colorado Girl Scouts to participate in the 2019 race series.

  1. Teams: 1-2 adult team leaders with up to 10 Girl Scouts ages 14 to 18-years-old per team.
  2. The Challenge: Using hands-on skills and STEM applications, you will design, build, test, and learn to drive a remote controlled, solar powered, race car with speeds up to 35 mph! Build a solar array from scratch, refine the weight to power ratios, and develop strength and endurance using high tech materials to reinforce your vehicle. Complete kits arrive in January and race events begin in April and continue until June.
  3. The Event: Meet other teams from your state and race around a track to compete in various events and win trophies.

Watch the videos at this link to see how it works and to access program information. http://www.solarrollers.org

Solar Rollers: Challenging to build, Empowering to master, and Exciting to drive!

Contact us for more information and sign up a team now! Sponsorship opportunities available.

Danika Davis – Danika@solarrollers.org (970) 977 – 0109 or (970) 425 – 6426.

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

Cadette troop visits Lockheed Martin CHIL Lab

Submitted by Christi Bontempo

Metro Denver

Littleton

Littleton Cadettes from Troop 62252 toured the Lockheed Martin CHIL (Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory) on October 30, 2018. In this space, Lockheed Martin uses virtual reality to create and analyze simulations that are used for engineering solutions before manufacturing begins on products used in space exploration, solar arrays, and imaging satellites. These Girl Scouts have been building and creating in virtual reality through the DECTech program at the Colorado School of Mines. This STEM outreach program is designed especially for girls. The leaders are female Mines students with a passion for engineering, who want to engage the next generation of girls by introducing them to hands-on applications via virtual reality, chemistry, computers, and mathematics. The girls from Troop 62252 have ventured into coding and become familiar with the computer and engineering atmosphere at one of the best engineering schools in the country. Their experience has been amazing and their work was extremely fun. They have attended three out of four classes at the School of Mines and are looking forward to finishing their assignments at the last class.

For more information on STEM classes for all girls: https://tech.mines.edu/

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Brownies learn the importance of cybersecurity and STEM

Submitted by Courtney Ryan

Metro Denver

Denver

The internet and media are a daily part of our Girl Scouts’ lives and we felt it was important to arm them with the knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe while engaging with these sources. This is why we selected to pursue the cybersecurity badges and patches for our troop! Please enjoy the story about defending our castles, but tread carefully, you may find an alligator, a bear trap, or a grenade disguised as candy…

One high-energy afternoon, a bunch of Girl Scouts in Troop 65709
eagerly awaited the starting tune to learn how to keep themselves safe
in cyberland, all while running a race from alligators, bears, and secret predators.

They brainstormed and created elaborate defenses to keep out enemies pretenses, creating trap doors, moats, secret entrances, invisible castles, and candy tricks.

They discussed and debated the best shields and learned how it related  to keeping them safe in daily practice fields.

These G.I.R.L.s are armed and ready to take on the world and be safe when it comes to cyberland!

The girls came up with very creative ideas on defending their castles, family, and friends. They learned about how to layer defenses and how that relates to online defenses with passwords and safeguards they use every day. It was a great start to arming them with the knowledge to keep themselves safe while online! Our troop is pursing the cybersecurity trifecta of badges: Basics, Safeguards, and Investigator.

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

Learning about cybersecurity, networking, and STEM

Submitted by Shannon Morris

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

My five Girl Scout Juniors learned about networking and how emails and texts are sent. The relationship between a network and train tracks helped all of them understand the concept clearly. They had so much fun passing messages from the sender to the receiver that they did it over and over three times. They would have kept going if there was more time.

My 4th and 5th grade Juniors are so excited about everything that is presented to them in Girl Scouts. They love to camp, hike, create arts and crafts, learn about important women in history, and are go-getters.

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

Dinosaur Ridge: Winter and spring break camps

Submitted by Fran Taffer

Metro Denver

Morrison

Looking for real science and outdoor fun for your girl over school breaks? Dinosaur Ridge is offering winter break and spring break camps for kids ages 6-10.

Each camp offers exploration of the Dinosaur Ridge fossil sites, hands-on science projects, as well as expert guest presenters in the fields of paleontology, geology, art, earth science, survival skills, and local plants and animals.

Winter Break- January 2, 3, and 4, 2019 (W/Th/F) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m

  • January 2 —Creative in the Cretaceous
  • January 3 —Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes
  • January 4 —Nature in Your Backyard

Spring Break- March 26, 27, and 28 (T/W/Th) 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • March 26—Creative in the Cretaceous
  • March 27—Earth Science: From Crystals to Quakes
  • March 28—Nature in Your Backyard

Sign up for one day for $70 or register for multiple days for $60 per day.

Registration opens on November 15 at http://www.dinoridge.org/ 

Contact Fran at fran@dinoridge.org with any questions.

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Badge in a Day at Wings Over the Rockies

Badge in a Day at Wings Over the Rockies is Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Register at: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/badge_in_a_day_at_wi.html

Have you ever wondered how and why your computer works? Have you ever wanted to know what it takes to make a machine listen to you?

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is hosting a Badge in a Day event to help you answer those questions and explore the wide world of robotics. Girl Scouts will learn what a robot is, how they function, and why they are so important in our daily lives. Through a series of hands-on stations, girls will get experience in coding, designing, and building their own robots. By the end of the day, Girl Scouts can earn their Robotics 1 badge* (Robotics 3 for Daisies) and all will receive a Wings Over the Rockies Badge in a Day patch.

Questions? Please contact Aimee Artzer at aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org