GSSEM Programs is excited to introduce our new Badge in…
These new badges and virtual live events are designed to help girls practice ambitious leadership in the crucial areas of automotive engineering, STEM career exploration, entrepreneurship, and civics, many of which remain male-dominated.
About the Badges:
Entrepreneur badges (grades K–12)
Girls develop an entrepreneurial mindset as they engage in age-appropriate exercises that help them create and pitch a product or service that solves a problem. They build their own business plan and think about topics like production, cost, profit, marketing, and competition.
STEM Career Exploration badges (grades 2–8)
Girls explore their career interests and connect them to STEM fields—particularly computer science, nature/environmental science, engineering, design, health, and agriculture—that can help them address the pressing issues of our time and change the world.
Automotive Engineering badges (grades K–5)
Girls learn about designing, engineering, and manufacturing vehicles, as well as the future of mobility. They design their own vehicles, test prototypes, learn about design thinking, create their own assembly line manufacturing process, and more.
Civics badges (grades K–12)
Girls gain an in-depth understanding of how local, state, and federal government works, preparing them to be voters, activists, and, potentially, political leaders. They research laws and how they’re created, voting and the electoral college, the representation of women in government, and more. They also research their local government officials and are encouraged to meet them.
Virtual Live Events
GSUSA is hosting a series of Awesome Girls virtual live events to help girls engage with the topics of the new badges. Girls will not complete badge activities during these events, but event hosts and speakers will encourage girls to complete the badges after the live event by visiting Girl Scouts at Home and the Girl Scout Shop.
A different badge set is being promoted during each week, and live events will be tied to the weekly badge theme, as follows:
Week of July 27: STEM Career Exploration
- In an event for Brownies/Juniors and one for Cadettes, female STEM professionals from a variety of fields will talk about their careers and what sparked their interest in STEM.
Week of August 3: Automotive Engineering
- In three events for Daisies/Brownies/Juniors, women who work for General Motors in the areas of design, engineering, and manufacturing will talk about how cars get made.
- A bonus Daisy/Brownie/Junior event will feature GM CEO Mary Barra in conversation with GSUSA’s Sylvia Acevedo.
Week of August 10: Civics
- In one event for Daisies/Brownies/Juniors and one for Cadettes/Seniors/Ambassadors, inspiring civically active women will talk about the importance of civic engagement and how girls can use their voices to make a difference.
Stay tuned for more exciting “at home” programming!