The Girl Scout motto is Be Prepared.
Young girls and boys are equally interested in science. However, the gender gap begins to show in middle school. By adulthood, while women represent about 45% of the workforce, only 13% of all civil engineers, 7% of electrical engineers, and 3% of all aircraft pilots and engineers are female (Department for Professional Employees, 2006).
Yet, girls are natural scientists! They are inquisitive, thoughtful, and enjoy coming up with their own ideas and solutions. GSHNC embraces and develops these characteristics in girls through out STEM programs and collaborations. Two of our signature STEM programs are:Girls are I.T !
uses a holistic approach to delivering technology education, appealing to the girls interest in community, creativity, and social benefit. Our mobile technology bus enables us to take these tech programs on the road to any community in our eight-county footprint. Originally made possible by a National Science Foundation grant in 2003, additional funding from Microsoft and Tyco has enabled us to continue and expand the available bus programs to girls of all grade levels.
Have you participated in one of the 20+ programs available on the bus check it out today!GSI
- With the popularity of CSI everywhere, our girls now have the chance to become GSIs Girl Scout Investigators - in our own Forensics lab. Located behind the GSHNC service center in Charlotte, girls learn to extract DNA, evaluate a crime scene, reconstruct bones found in the bone dig area and determine blood types. Led by real forensics detectives, girls learn from the best!