Partnering with Girl Scouts Citrus Council in Central Florida and SpaceKids Global, a Florida-based non-profit established to use space exploration to engage children in STEAM learning, Girl Scouts of Central Texas (GSCTX) announces three winners of the inaugural “Making Space For Girls Challenge” science competition. All winning science-oriented submissions will be included on the SpaceX launch from the Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station scheduled for later this year.
Girls of all ages, including Austin area girls, Maanya H., a nine-year-old Girl Scout of Central Texas Brownie, and Marie Y., a 17-year-old Girl Scout of Central Texas Ambassador, and Emily S., a nine-year-old Girl Scout of Central Texas Brownie from Temple, participated in this first-ever challenge. Maanya H. won for their space exploration essay, Marie Y. and Emily S. won for their “Making Space for Girls” patch design. The competition, which was driven nationally by both Girl Scouts of Citrus and SpaceKids Global, launched last August, attracted nearly 700 entries from across the country, as well as entries from Japan and Germany. Twenty-five girls from Girl Scouts of Central Texas participated in the challenge’s three designated categories - science experiment, essays, and art.
Girl Scout Research Institute studies show that girls are keenly interested STEM and excel at it. Yet, for a variety of reasons, girls often don’t pursue STEM—starting as early as elementary school. The United States is facing STEM workforce crisis. In the next decade, the U.S. workforce will need 1 million new STEM professionals, and currently women hold less than 28% of STEM jobs.
“Girl Scout’s mission is to provide girls the opportunity to discover their full potential – even in fields they may not have even considered,” said Girl Scouts of Central Texas Senior STEM Program Manager, Laura Terrill. “By introducing girls to STEM principles and giving them the opportunity to create and compete in a STEM challenge, they open their minds to careers they may not have thought about previously.”
“This challenge inspired me to incorporate digital arts to reach girls. STEM is for everyone,” said Marie Y. “When I read the description, I knew I wanted to create a patch that truly represented the project as a mission patch. I enjoyed telling a story of STEM through STEAM.”
For more information, please visit www.Makingspaceforgirls.com. To arrange an interview with a staff member, contact Emma Acosta at firstname.lastname@example.org.