Girl Scouts team up with local schools for STEM Program

CATONSVILLE, Md - Fourth grade girls at Woodbridge Elementary with Baltimore County Public Schools open up the day with the Girl Scout Pledge.  They have been transformed into Girl Scouts as they participate in a STEM Program called Design Time.

Girls use the principles of the engineering process to work on STEM activities.

"The STEM areas are in need of talented young women.  We have wonderful examples here. This program really highlights the things that STEM has to offer and really brings out what I feel are those traits," said Jason Barnett, Principal Woodbridge Elementary School.

There is a focus on the state requirement level for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) standards with the new transition to the common core curriculum.

The Design Time Program allows girls to re-design a toy by finding a problem, researching, brainstorming and re-designing or modifying it.  Girls begin to identify STEM careers like Research and Development, Design and Package Engineering and Software Development.

"Girls lag behind boys in their interest in Science and Technology. Girl Scouts is very focused in increasing girls knowledge and interest in STEM fields," said Lorrie Caudle, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

The Design Time Program lasts for six weeks. The girls meet one day a week for an hour.

The Program allows girls to gain confidence, make new friends and build a Girl Scout Troop.

"I think it's really fun because we get to build toys. We also make mechanical parts," said Oyinkan Akim-Shittu, fourth grade student at Woodbridge Elementary School.

"I want to become a scientist when I grow up.  I am trying to get ready by building toys and getting started on my future," said Maimoona Khan, fourth grade student at Woodbridge Elementary School.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland has served over 1,200 girls in Baltimore City and Baltimore County Schools this year.  The STEM Program is new..

Grant funding pays for the programs at the schools.


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