Monroe, LA (PRWEB) May 16, 2014
Did you know that women earn just 25% of math and computer science degrees and only 20% of engineering degrees? According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, though a majority of today’s girls have a clear interest in STEM, they don’t prioritize STEM fields when thinking about their future careers. The Girl Scout Research Institute has found that 81% of girls that participate in STEM programs express interest in pursuing a career in a STEM field-specifically, in engineering, physical/life science, math, computer, science information technology, or software development. As to what girls are drawn to with regard to these subjects, Generation STEM notes that the creative and hands-on aspects of STEM hold the most appeal. STEM-interested girls take an active, inquisitive approach to engaging in science, technology, engineering, and math: a high percentage like to solve problems (85%), build things and put things together (67%), do hands-on science projects (83%), and ask questions about how things work and find ways to answer these questions (80%). Girls enjoy the hands-on aspect of exploration and discovery and recognize the benefits of a challenge: 89 percent of all girls agree that “obstacles make me stronger.” (Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
This summer Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf is partnering with the University of Louisiana at Monroe TEACH program to bring a special summer camp to girls entering grades 4-6. “The need for these types of programs is ever-increasing as we aim to close the gender gap in STEM fields," says Sue Sewall, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf. June 16-20 girls will build and erupt volcanoes, investigate energy, explore robotics, engineer bridges and more. The camp will help girls develop critical thinking skills, build healthy relationships and seek challenges in the world. The Girls Power Up Camp will be held at University of Louisiana at Monroe and finish with a field trip to Sci-Port in Shreveport. This community collaboration is made possible by generous funding from CenturyLink. Spaces are limited. The cost to participate is $35 per girl.
Not a member? It’s not too late to join. Think there is not enough time in your schedule? Flexible pathways allow girls to join just for the summer to attend camp. For more information on how to attend a summer camp or volunteer, please visit http://www.gslpg.org or 1-800-960-2093.
About Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf serves nearly 8,000 girl members and 3,000 adult volunteers in 42 parishes in Louisiana, with offices in Lafayette, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Alexandria and Monroe. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts accepts all girls grades K-12 who accept the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. Membership is $12 annually, but no girl will be denied membership because of inability to pay. For more information on how to join, volunteer or donate please visit http://www.gslpg.org or call 1.800.960.2093.
About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit http://www.girlscouts.org.