The “S” in Girl Scouts – stands for STEM

In the early days of the Girl Scouts, the highest honor was the Golden Eaglet Award.  And how did a scout earn a Golden Eaglet?

In 1930, Virginia Hammerley’s application included badges in subjects like:  “Hostess”, “Homemaker”, “Cook”, “Dressmaker” and “Laundress” (to be fair, along with “Athlete”, “First Aid”, and “Pioneer”).

Ok, that picture is really from the old days, long before Virginia Hammerley was earning her badges – though the Golden Eaglet goes back that long ago.

Today, there is still a Gold Award.  But now Girl Scouts are earning badges in “Robotics” and “Mechanical Engineering,” in “Cybersecurity,” “Digital Arts” and “Space Science”.

Which is to say, things have changed in Scouting – and one of those changes is the introduction of STEM.

“We introduce Girl Scouts of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) … to inspire girls to embrace and celebrate scientific discovery in their lives,” because, as the Scouts say, “Girls are natural-born scientists!  They look at the world around them with inquisitive eyes, experiment and push boundaries, and learn as they go.”

And it turns out that, STEM and Scouting make a good combination.  The organization reports that, “Girl Scouts are almost twice as likely as non-Girl Scouts to participate in STEM activities, and 77 percent of girls say that because of Girl Scouts, they are considering a career in technology.”

And – among the many places a Girl Scout with an interest in STEM might find herself one day, is the fuels and petrochemicals industry.  There are plenty of good jobs in all four of the STEM fields, around the industry, around the country.  So – welcome Girl Scouts!  (Well, in a few years, after college.)

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