Chevron Cares about STEM workshops

Girl Scouts STEM program is about increasing girls’ participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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Girls push boundaries, test limits, and look at the world around them  with inquisitive eyes. They’re natural scientists! Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering,  and math (STEM) experiences relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering  how a car’s engine runs, how to manage finances, or exploring careers in STEM fields,  girls are fast-forwarding into the future.

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Every girl needs a chance  to explore the fascinating world of STEM. Girl Scouting encourages girls of all  ages by offering “fun with purpose” through its K–12 national program. The Girl  Scout program includes two curriculum resources: National  Leadership Journeys  and National  Proficiency Badges. Leadership Journeys  are core to Girl Scouting because they lead girls to discover what they care about  and change the world. Girls explore a variety of interests along a Journey, everything  from the arts to the outdoors and, of course, STEM.

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STEM Careers Workshop, hosted by Chevron

50 girls attended a series of hands-on workshops in Bakersfield, designed to challenge them to discover the value of STEM-related careers for their own future success.

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STEM Careers Workshops:

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                  “The tech workshop helped me think a lot more about my choices. It helped me a lot.”

                   “They showed me how I could use my interests in a real job.”

                   “It helped me see how important an education is. I want to be a doctor.”

                   “I learned that every career includes at least one area of STEM.”

                   “I liked the geologist. Her speech was interesting and intriguing.”

                   “This was a really awesome experiment. I hope I can do it again.”

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Girl Scouts’ Unique Approach to STEM:

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  • STEM experiences are framed within the  context of leadership: As girls participate in Girl Scouting, they develop leadership skills to make the world a better place. Research shows girls are more  interested in STEM careers when they know how their work can help others.

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  • The Girl Scout Leadership Experience engages  girls through the three Girl Scout processes of: girl-led,  learning by doing, and cooperative learning.

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Here’s how these processes  provide quality STEM experiences for girls:

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Girl-led: Even when a girl has an interest in STEM, she might find that  boys take the lead in a school environment due to unspoken assumptions about gender  roles. Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek challenges.  The girl-led process encourages girls to decide which topics they want to explore  and how they want to go about it.

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Learning by doing: Research shows that, particularly with STEM, youth need to be  hands-on, active learners. The learning-by-doing process encourages this approach.  In addition, Girl Scouts’ learning-by-doing process involves a reflection step that  asks girls to think about how a given activity worked and what they would do differently  in the future—a key skill in scientific testing and conducting experiments.

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Cooperative learning: In general, girls prefer a collaborative leadership style, rather  than the traditional, top-down, “command and control” approach. The cooperative  learning process gives girls the opportunity to develop leadership and STEM skills  in a way that might feel most comfortable.

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“Generation  STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” is a research  report from the Girl Scout Research Institute released in February 2012. The report  examines interest and engagement in the subjects and fields of STEM, from the voices  of 1,000 girls nationwide, ages 8-18. Girls are interested in STEM fields and aspire  to STEM careers the study shows, but need more exposure and adult support to carry  this interest into the future. Find out more information on this report, including tip  sheets for parents and girls.

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Girl Scouts of Central California South STEM program:

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Girl Scouts of Central California South has partnered with Chevron for “Chevron Cares about STEM Careers,” and with Cargill for the Food Safety program.

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We always encourage Troop Leaders to talk about STEM, and the different career opportunities available. Girls are interested in STEM and want to talk about it, and the different things they can do with a STEM career. We want Troop Leaders to let girls ask questions about the world, experiment and problem solve. And get girls involved in activities that will foster their STEM skills. Troop Leaders like to educate themselves about STEM opportunities so they show girls they can achieve their goals through STEM careers. And finally we like to expose girls to mentors and experts in STEM fields.

 

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