GSEOK is increasing opportunities for girls to explore the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We offer research-based programs to strengthen and develop girls' focus early, which is often deterred until after grade 5. With support from community partners such as local colleges, professional associations, and businesses in technology, Girl Scouts sponsors programs such as FIRST LEGO League robotics teams, the “Cookie Construction” event, and the Astronomy Club.
Girl Scouts have the opportunity to participate in robotics competitions with their troops under the guidance of an adult volunteer. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions are dedicated to "inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills."
Girls engage in activities that test technical skill with robot design and programming while exposing them to leadership skills through annual research-oriented community projects, promoting awareness of current issues. As part of FIRST LEGO League, teams face a national challenge and must then identify underlying problems to develop an innovative solution through research, critical thinking and creativity.
With the partnership of IBM and Best Buy to launch the GSEOK Astronomy Club, girls of all ages can earn a special patch specific to their level in Girl Scouting as they explore the world of astronomy. Curriculum is developed and available to all leaders and parents. And skilled volunteers trained in astronomy bring facilitator training to troop leaders or short term volunteers who may want to lead Astronomy Clubs or events anywhere in eastern Oklahoma.
This signature event pairs teams of Girl Scouts with local engineers and architects as mentors to plan and execute a themed construction project. Girls cooperate and work as a team while using critical thinking skills to complete the project. The first Cookie Construction event took place in January 2014 with an Olympics theme.
For more information about the wide array of STEM programs and activities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To become a partner with financial or in-kind support, contact Susan Kenny, chief development officer, 918-745-5202.