SOURCE: News release from Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana
(Fort Wayne, IN) – Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana (GSNI-M) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today announced 24 new badges designed to help girls practice ambitious leadership in the areas of automotive engineering, STEM career exploration, entrepreneurship and civics, many of which remain male-dominated. The new Girl Scout badges include:
- Entrepreneurship (grades K–12). Girls develop an entrepreneurial mindset as they engage in age-appropriate exercises that help them create and pitch a product or service that solves a problem. They build their own business plan and think about topics like production, cost, profit, marketing and competition. Funded by Susan Bulkeley Butler and designed in collaboration with VentureLab.
- STEM Career Exploration (grades 2–8). Girls explore their career interests and connect them to STEM fields—particularly computer science, nature/environmental science, engineering, design, health and agriculture—that can help them address the pressing issues of our time and change the world. Funded by IF/THEN, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies.
- Automotive Engineering (grades K–5). Girls learn about designing, engineering and manufacturing vehicles, as well as the future of mobility. They design their own vehicles, test prototypes, learn about design thinking, create an assembly line manufacturing process, and more. Funded by General Motors.
- Civics (grades K–12). Girls gain an understanding of how local, state and federal government works, preparing them to be voters, activists and political leaders. They research laws and how they’re created, voting and the electoral college and the representation of women in government. They also research their own government officials and are urged to meet them. Funded by the Citi Foundation.
To register or learn more about Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana, visit www.gsnim.org.