The Girl Experience team at Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa (GSGI) works to empower girls to lead their own adventures through events, programs, and experiences from all four pillars of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience; STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship. Each year, girls have an opportunity to participate in the Incredible Women in Science event.
Typically, the event, hosted and sponsored generously by Corteva™ Agriscience™ Science Ambassadors, provides hands-on science and technology activities and time with women scientists to introduce girls to STEM careers and spark an interest in future careers. The event is built for girls in grades 4-8 and has taken place for over five years.
While this year’s event was a bit different, the 40 Girl Scout attendees still had a top-notch experience.
“This year the event was completely virtual with an Incredible Science Kit sent directly to the girls. The kit was filled with a lab coat, lab glasses, science notebook, and four amazing experiments they could complete all at home. Then the girls would meet virtually each Saturday in October with a different incredible woman scientist to talk about their experiments, learn about careers, and ask questions,” said Kate Kimple, Girl Experience Manager.
The experiments ranged from learning about fermentation with a “barf bag” to creating their own insect to learn about entomology. This year, the girls even earned the brand-new STEM Career Exploration badges that were rolled out this summer.
In addition to the experiments, the girls were able to learn so much from five amazing scientists; Dr. Laura Higgins, Dr. Ronda Hamm, Dr. Magan Lewis, Dr. Esha Khullar, and Dr. Adriana Ferreira.
“The girls learn so much from these incredible women. Each of the women talks about her journey to becoming a scientist and what got them interested in their field. The girls learn that they don’t have to know exactly what they want to be, they can explore all different types of careers. They also learn that there are so many careers that they many have never hear about before, such as a food chemist or an entomologist. And our scientists this year emphasized that scientists are learning every single day!” said Kimple.
“We know girls have a great time and learn a lot. We also know that only about 25% of STEM professionals are women and the number of women graduating with STEM degrees is actually declining. It is important that we show girls that they can dream more for themselves,” said Kimple.
To support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), you can donate today.
To learn more about GSLE programming, visit the calendar of events.