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Juniors learn about cybersecurity and earn special patch

Submitted by Natalie Buike

Metro Denver

Aurora

We took a couple of our girls to a park to learn all about cybersecurity. The adults (senders) put together a message on cards that were sent down through the network (long strings of yarn) to each computer (each girl). Once the girls received the message, they had to send it on to the receiver (tree). Once the message made it to the receiver, we had the girls unscramble the message and put it all together. While doing the activity, we explained to the girls how the process works through a real network, just like how a train travels and makes several stops until it stops at its final destination. The parents also explained to the girls how important it is to be as safe as possible with what is sent through email, text, and other social media sites because you never know what information will stop at a computer that can be or has been compromised.

Some of the lessons our girls learned from this activity was that cybersecurity affects just more than a home computer. It is affects phones, tablets, and any other tech devices that can be connected to a network. One of the biggest lessons our girls realized through this is that nothing is really ever safe and that information can always have the potential to be compromised or stolen. The parents really worked on explaining to them that all of the modern day apps like Snapchat and Facebook are not safe and that whatever is posted will always be out there. At the age of 10, I would say that they now have a better understanding on the importance of doing their best to keep their information safe and to always be cautious about what is shared through email, text, social media, apps, etc.

Learn how you (or your troop) can earn this special cybersecurity patch. 

Brownies earn cybersecurity patch

Submitted by Sheri Wanamaker

Metro Denver

Denver

Girl Scouts from newly formed Brownie Troop 67615, from Denver’s High Tech Elementary School, were introduced to the concept of cybersecurity earlier this month. The girls drew castles and designed security systems. The girls were very creative and included modern biometric security features, such as facial recognition and fingerprint scanning. The girls combined medieval security concepts such as, moats with alligators, dragons, knights, and tall walls with digital security that included usernames, passwords, motion sensors, and video cameras. The girls discussed ways that security affects their daily life when using computers, tablets, smartphones, and keyless entry. The girls are looking forward to more STEM related activities!

Learn how you (or your troop) can earn this special cybersecurity patch. 

Girl Scouts explore aviation with female pilots from the Colorado Ninety-Nines

As many as 45 Girl Scouts learned about aviation from the Colorado Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots. Aviation Patch Day was Saturday, Oct. 12. 2018 at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport. Girls explored different parts of aviation at five different stations:

  • Aircraft Design: Tour Rocky Mountain Metro Airport’s ramp to view and explore different airplanes.
  • Paper Airplane Aerodynamics: Make and race various paper airplane designs.
  • ATC (Air Traffic Control): How airplanes are directed around an airport.
  • Weather: How airplanes are affected by weather.
  • Aviation History: Take a trip through history to the first pilots and their planes.

The Ninety-Nines was established in 1929 by 99 women pilots with Amelia Earhart as its first President. Today, with over 5,600 members worldwide, one of the key missions of the organization is to promote advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support. Over the past 75 years the organization has introduced thousands of girls and women to the wonders of aviation and awarded well over 800 scholarships, helping hundreds of women achieve their aviation dreams.

Girl Scout Engineering Day

Girl Scout Engineering Day

Saturday, November 10, 2018

9 a.m. – Noon

Colorado School of Mines – Ben Parker Student Center

$10/girl

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

Girl Scout Juniors are invited to join Colorado School of Mines Society of Women Engineers for a fun day of science explorations! The morning will consist of several science activities ranging from mechanical engineering to chemical engineering. Through completing all the activities at the event, girls will earn a Girl Scout Engineering Day patch and work toward the requirements for Junior level badges (badge information coming soon).

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Girl Scouts get hands-on construction experience

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with GE Johnson Construction Company in Colorado Springs to have Careers in Construction day on Saturday, September 29, 2018. Held at GE Johnson’s logistics site, 68 Girl Scouts were treated by staff of the construction company, who volunteered for the day to help the girls. Girls came from all over the state to learn some basic understanding of construction (such needing math skills to know how much materials cost and how much to purchase), as well as get hands-on experience with power and hand tools. Girl Scouts donned pink hard-hats, work gloves, and safety glasses, all requirements to participate.

The girls built Little Libraries, which were then raffled off to the troops that were represented at the event. These were not just any Little Libraries. The ones the girls built included a six-foot-long reading bench with a book box that could hold at least a dozen books and a flower planter on top! The Little Libraries will be installed by the girls and their troops in their communities.

After spending the morning building their Little Libraries, the staff at GE Johnson took the Girl Scouts on an exclusive tour of a very important project in Colorado Springs, the Olympic Museum. It was a great opportunity for the girls to see how the structure was being built and understand why certain features were added to the building. GE Johnson also provided time for the girls to see big vehicles used in the construction trades, including a very cool robotic “tamper” that girls took turns operating.

Stella Hodgkins, Project Manager at GE Johnson, said she was thrilled to put the project together because there are so many opportunities for girls in construction that she wanted to highlight. It is her hope that some girls would seriously consider construction skills trades as a vocation.

The overwhelming response to the day was positive – girls were tired and felt rewarded. Some commented they never would have tried a power drill or other power tools if it hadn’t been for this event. Others were surprised at how much math they had to know. The adults and parents attending were very impressed by the thoroughness of the lessons taught that day, and the opportunities it gave the girls.

Girl Scouts of Colorado gives a huge shout-out to GE Johnson for the awesome day they gave girls!

New Space Science badges

From Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

I’m so excited about Girl Scouts of the USA’s new Space Science badges for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate through a multi-party collaboration led by the SETI Institute. GSUSA developed each badge with support from the SETI Institute’s subject matter expert partners from the University of Arizona, ARIES Scientific, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and with the participation of Girl Scouts of Northern California.

Daisies’ Space Science Explorer
Brownies’ Space Science Adventurer
Juniors’ Space Science Investigator badge

Daisies who earn their Space Science Explorer badge examine the sun and moon and look at the night sky. Brownies who pursue their Space Science Adventurer badge dig into the solar system, the phases of the moon, and the constellations, and then share their findings. And Juniors who tackle their Space Science Investigator badge research a planet and develop models that explain celestial motion, the three-dimensional nature of a constellation, and the size and scale of the solar system.

I get so excited thinking about how many girls across the country are right now discovering a passion for space and astronomy just as I did as a young Girl Scout, thanks to Girl Scouts and our incredible partners at NASA!

So on behalf of the entire Girl Scout Movement, I want to congratulate NASA on 60 years of discovery, innovation, and incredible, visionary work. And here’s to the next 60!

Troop 65659 raises cyber-bullying awareness with proclamation from Gov. Hickenlooper

Submitted by Jessica Spangler

Metro Denver

Denver

Governor John Hickenlooper issued a proclamation declaring October 2018 Cyber-Bullying Prevention Month. With the proclamation, Troop 65659 hopes to raise awareness about cyber-bullying resources. As part of the multi-level “Think Like an Engineer” Journey, Troop 65659 defined a need: cyber-bullying is a problem.

They brainstormed ways to meet the need. They decided cyber-bullying is hard to detect and victims need access to counseling and safe spaces. They wondered if there was already a designated day, week, or month for prevention of cyber-bullying.

One solution they brainstormed was to present information on cyber-bullying to the governor to raise awareness. They went home to do more research and met again to build the presentation together. They found cyber-bullying is a problem in Colorado. The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey reveals 20.7 percent of girls report they have been electronically bullied compared with 9.5 percent of boys. HB 15-1072 (“Kiana’s Law”), signed into law in 2015, makes cyber-bullying a misdemeanor form of harassment, punishable by a fine of up to $750 and/or up to six months in jail. The State of Colorado’s Internet Safety & Digital Responsibility page lists resources on cyber-bullying, but parents may not be aware of these resources.

The girls also learned October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Colorado has proclaimed October Safe Schools Month and Cyber-Security Awareness Month, but these proclamations do not address cyber-bullying.

The girls designed a presentation to give to the governor to support the need for more awareness. They put their research onto a poster board, but not all the research fit. They re-designed several times and left some of the research off until all the important pieces fit onto two poster boards, which were connected. The troop leader then shared this supporting information with the governor’s office by delivering the presentation. Gov. Hickenlooper then proclaimed October 2018 Cyber-Bullying Prevention Month! If you are in need of cyber-bullying resources, please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cssrc/internet-safety-digital-responsibility.

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

Street Smarts Day

Submitted by Kristi Gemperline

Metro Denver

Littleton

The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Colorado Transportation YOU Committee presents Street Smarts Day for Girl Scouts. Join us for a multi-modal tour through downtown Denver. Learn how transportation affects our urban environment and links communities by visiting various stations in downtown Denver that highlight transportation elements, including ADA, bikes, transit, and bridges.

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m., tour begins at 9 a.m.

Location: I-25 and Broadway Light Rail Station, 901 S Broadway, Denver, CO

Total Number of Participants (including parents/troop leaders): 65

Target Age Group: 4th, 5th, 6th grade Girl Scouts

Cost: $5 per Girl Scout

Additional Information: Lunch will be provided and Girl Scouts will earn patches. The entire tour is outdoors, please dress appropriately.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wtsgirl-scouts-street-smarts-day-tickets-49537994475  by October 6, 2018 at noon.

Please contact Kristi Gemperline at kristi.gemperline@gmail.com with questions.

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

Boost your STEM journey at MakerFaire

Submitted by Kate Goodman

Metro Denver

Denver

This year’s Denver MakerFaire will be Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 2018 at the National Western Complex.
Often called the world’s greatest show (and tell), MakerFaire features hands-on interactive booths, including computer programming, constructing robots, miniature steam engines, interactive storytelling, and much, much more.

Want to fire your Girl Scouts’ imaginations for their STEM badges? This is the place!

Check out the Family four-pack discount or use coupon code SCOUTS to get a great deal on children’s tickets!

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/maker_faire.html

Innovating isn’t just for high-tech businesses. Every G.I.R.L. who comes to MakerFaire can try her hand at all kinds of innovative practices and see how everyday people are tinkering and making to make the world a better place!

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

What badges can my girls earn at Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge?

Join us for GSCO’s annual Girl Scout Day at Dinosaur Ridge on October 13, 2018! All Girl Scouts, friends, and family are invited. Girl Scouts and other youth must attend with a troop leader, parent, or guardian. Children are not permitted to attend without supervision. Children three-years-old and under three are free.

Representatives from local STEM-focused organizations will lead hands-on activities for Girl Scouts and work toward earning badges! During this event, we’re recognizing National Fossil Day is also October 17, so come learn about fossils and celebrate in honor of this special day. A National Fossil Day patch is included in the price for Girl Scouts and patches will be given out at check in on the day of the event.

Check out the activity plan below to learn about what badges girls can work on at this exciting event!

Program Levels: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador, and Adults

Pricing:
•Advance Registration before October 10: $9/Girl Scout, $5/Adults and other youth
•Walk Up Registration on October 13 (walk up registration closes at 1 p.m.): $10/Girl Scout, $6/Adults and other youth

Save on your ticket and time in line through registering NOW at https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/girlscoutsofcolorado/en/events-repository/2018/save_the_date_girl_s.html

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