Bridging the Gap Patch

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Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council was a sub-awardee of a grant from the National Science Foundation in 1996 to Discovery Place, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina. The grant funded a collaborative program called Bridging the Gap which attempted to narrow the gap that exists between boys and girls in the areas of science, math, and engineering. Some facts that support this kind of programming:

  • Girl consistently score lower in science than boys from fourth grade on.
  • Girls consistently score lower in math and science on SAT and SP standardized tests.
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 degrees in chemistry, physics, math and engineering are awarded to women.

As a way to address these discrepancies, Hornets' Nest Council and Discovery Place collaborated on the creation of science tubs for Girl Scouts in grades K-12 that mirrored science-related activities in the Girl Scout handbook. The girls could earn badges while participating in these activities. All the supplies and directions were in each tub so that any troop leader, regardless of her educational background in science, could follow the curriculum.

Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council has continued and expanded its focus to a comprehensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program.  Through the Girl Scout program, girls are able to explore these exciting areas through fun hands-on projects and programs.

Toteable Topics (science tubs) may be checked out and used at your troop meeting or on your next visit to the POD Village.  All Toteable Topics are available at any time on a first come, first served basis.  For a complete listing of Toteable Topics, please refer to your FYI Troop Planner.

After completing the activities associated with one of these Toteable Topics, this would be the perfect patch to award to your girls.

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Girl Scouts. Hornets' Nest Council • 7007 Idlewild Road • Charlotte, North Carolina 28212