From coding toy robots to speaking with female STEM professionals, Girl Scouts in Grades 4-8 were immersed in a variety of exciting STEM activities
IRVINE, Calif. – Nearly 400 Girl Scouts explored the exciting world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at the 4th annual STEM Expo held at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) and Cadettes (grades 6-8) enjoyed learning from STEM professionals, who led the Girl Scouts through exciting STEM activities, like coding toy robots with Magikid Robotics Lab of Irvine, virtual reality with event sponsor Ericsson, and experiments in DNA extraction with Bio-Rad. For the second year in a row, Girl Scouts also had the opportunity to gain insight from female STEM professionals in the Career Corner, including representatives from Edwards Lifesciences, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
There were also new interactive experiences for Girl Scout Cadettes (6-8 grade) to take a deeper dive into STEM as they learned how to assemble and disassemble a lawnmower motor, delve into the science of food, and get creative while learning about the engineering, technology, and math of fashion.
Additionally, Girl Scouts had the opportunity to participate in activities toward earning Girl Scouts of Orange County’s My STEM Life badge for Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) and STEMsational ME! badge for Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) and other national Girl Scout STEM badges. All Girl Scouts in attendance received a special STEM Expo 2019 patch for their Girl Scout uniforms.
“Through hands-on STEM experiences, Girl Scouts learn important STEM-related skills like problem-solving, research, and building and designing,” says Vikki Shepp, CEO of Girl Scouts of Orange County. “Girl Scouts’ premier girl-led leadership development program, combined with enriching STEM activities made possible by Orange County’s STEM leaders, are paving the way for girls to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and math.”
CSUF faculty members and over 15 student organizations from CSUF, such as Association of Computing Machinery Women in Computing, Offensive Security Society, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Video Game Development Club, hosted STEM activities. In addition, industry partners, including Kaiser Permanente OC, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Amigos De Bolsa Chica, Society of Women Engineers OC, Medtronic, Orange County Department of Education and Project Scientist shared engaging activities and demonstrations with the Girl Scouts.
The event was made possible by event sponsor Ericsson, Inc. and the Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Consortium, and is organized by GSOC’s STEM Patrol, a group of volunteers engaged in planning STEM events and activities, and CSUF’s Association for Computing Machinery-Women in Computing student chapter.
Thank You 2019 Girl Scouts of Orange County STEM Consortium Members:
Applied Medical Resources Corporation, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Broadcom Foundation (Founding Member), Capital Group, Cox, Edwards Lifesciences, Ericsson, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Union Bank, Western Digital
To learn more about Girl Scouts of Orange County’s exciting STEM programs for girls or to volunteer or join, visit girlscoutsoc.org.
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