We are aiming to close the gender gap in STEM fields.
Lafayette, LA (PRWEB) June 06, 2014
Do you know a girl that loves science or math? Did you know that women earn just 25% of math and computer science degrees and only 20% of engineering degrees? Girl Scouts is looking to close that gap. “We are aiming to close the gender gap in STEM fields,” stated Sue Sewall, CEO of Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf. “According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, girls are interested in the process of learning, asking questions, and problem solving, but 57% of all girls say that girls their age do not typically consider a career in STEM. The same percentage says that if they went into a STEM career, they’d have to work harder than a man just to be taken seriously.”
That is why this summer Girl Scouts is teaming up with University of Louisiana at Lafayette to bring a special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer camp to girls in grades 4-12. This camp is made possible through the generous help of the Pugh Family Foundation. July 21-25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. girls will get to tour and demo a human powered device capable of lifting 2000 pounds, design, build and test various STEM related devices and compete in team settings for some great prizes. The week will also include a field trip to a solar energy power plant in Crowley, LA.
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. (Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, pg. 16)
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. Financial Assistance is available. For more information on how to attend a summer camp or volunteer, or to register, 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.