Girl Scouting has inspired more than 50 million girls and women since its founding in 1912, and local organizers hope to inspire a new generation of girls to go on to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The STEM fields are some of the fastest growing careers and a recently awarded grant will help the organization continue their efforts in robotics.
Emily Stanley, Stem Program Manager for the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, tells The Big Z they believe STEM programming is hands-on and engaging for all girls.
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She says the girls that participate in this program will use a variety of techniques, ranging from building and programming a LEGO-themed robot to one designed for Botball competition. Stanley says the Girl Scouts recently received grant from Monsanto worth $25,000 will be used to boost their robotics programs.