The Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri have launched a new effort to grow girls in STEM education and careers. Triple-I will host its inaugural Spark Event, which works to reduce misconceptions about women in STEM-related positions.
The movement to grow girls in technology is global. From Lego’s recent announcement regarding its addition of the female scientist minifigure to in-house programs at companies like IBM, professionals and organizations are creating new efforts to attract girls in STEM education and careers.
Despite these tremendous strides, there is still much work to do to grow girls in technology. Women account for about only 20 percent of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science and physics. Only 25 percent of STEM-related positions are held by women. Regionally, the Girls Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri are addressing this issue with its new STEM program, Spark Event series.
This fall, the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri will launch its Spark Event series, a new effort to grow girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Spark Events are hosted at regional businesses in an effort to reduce the misconceptions behind women in STEM careers.
Triple-I, one of the region’s premier technology consultancies, will host the inaugural Spark Event Thursday, October 24, 2013.
“The Girl Scout STEM curriculum is only successful when girls have an opportunity to try activities and interact with experts in this advancing career path,” said Joy Wheeler, CEO of GSKSMO. “Our region offers some of the most talented STEM innovators, and it is exciting to be able to partner and introduce girls to these role models. Triple-I is a leader in emerging technologies and an ideal partner for our first-ever Spark event.”
During the event, girls will have the opportunity to build custom websites, learn about math applications in the real world and interact with female leaders about their experiences in the tech industry.
“We look forward to our collaboration with the Girl Scouts in an effort to jointly grow next-generation tech talent,” said Perry Puccetti, president and CEO of Triple-I. “With several female leaders in the organization, we are passionate about supporting female technologists and educating young kids about opportunities in the regional tech industry.”
This first program, which fosters a cooperative learning environment, will help girls gain practical life and career skills, increase their critical thinking abilities and empower them to educate and inspire their peers.
About Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri
Girl Scouts is the largest organization for girls in the world. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Through activities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering development of leadership skills and self-esteem. Founded by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912, Girl Scouts serves 2.3 million girl members from kindergarten through 12th grade. Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and supports about 30,000 girl members and 9,000 adult volunteers in its 47 county jurisdiction surrounding the Greater Kansas City, St. Joseph and Topeka areas.
About Girl Scout STEM Programming
Our world would not advance if it wasn’t for STEM. Industries and universities are very vocal about the need for more STEM graduates. If girls can learn STEM through Girl Scouts, they will have more opportunities to see the myriad of career options with a STEM education. We offer age progressive activities at our camps; partner with community organizations that lead programming for girls; host Spark Events which provides an opportunity for the girls to engage in an activity the STEM professional might complete every day; and provide interactive training for Girl Scout leaders so they facilitate experiences for girls during troop meetings.