Girl Coders offers entry-level coding patches to inspire girls to
experience STEM in positive and empowering ways. No prior coding
experience needed for Girl Scouts or volunteers/adults! Once a girl
has completed a program, girls can then request a free patch on that subject.
Head to GirlCoders.net to get started!
Digital Game Design
- Explore tools used to develop digital games
- Play a
board game that doesn’t involve reading words or numbers, such
as connect four, chutes and ladders, or checkers.
do you know how to play this game?
- What are the
- Are there pieces or characters in the game
- What is the goal of the game, and how do
you reach it?
- Plan a maze game Use
household objects (like pots and pans, blocks, furniture, stuffed
animals, etc) to make a maze in an open space of your home.
- You can use blank pieces of printer paper as blank spaces in
- See the image below to plan out the
maze (the circle is the beginning of the maze, and the star is
- Pick your favorite stuffed animal or toy to
move through the maze to get to a special prize: a tasty
- Give your toy directions (see “Commands” below)
to navigate through the maze. It’s OK if your toy gets lost.
Help them find the way out!
- Build, test, and improve your maze
- Have a sibling, caregiver, or another stuffed animal
try to navigate through your maze using the commands. If they
have troubles, help them out.
- Try rearranging your
maze to create new challenges. If your maze doesn’t have any
exits, or there’s a dead end at every turn, no problem!
- Take a second look at your design, shift some obstacles
around, and try it again.
Space Science Explorer
Space scientists are people who study outer space--what's in the
sky. Just like a space scientist, girls will explore and observe the
Sun, Moon and stars as they look at the sky and talk about what they see!
- Explore the Sun
- Make a day sky book – go outside and
look at the sky three times during the same day. Draw pictures
of what you see at the different times of the day.
- Observe the Moon
- Use binoculars or a telescope and
look at the Moon like scientists do!
- Make a pretend telescope with a toilet paper tube
or rolled-up piece of construction paper. You can even decorate
your pretend telescope. Go outside and look at the stars!
Fun Project: Make a pinhole projector
Scientists know that it’s dangerous to look at the Sun, because it
can damage their eyes. They use special tools to study the Sun safely.
You can do this, too, with a tool called a pinhole projector. With an
adult, follow these instructions to make your projector. Then head
outside and try it out! After you try it, talk about what you saw.
When a girl has earned this badge, she'll have explored and observed
the Sun, Moon, and stars.
NASA at Home
When they've earned this badge, they'll understand more about space
science and how they can be a part of NASA now and in the future.
Join in on more exciting space related activities with NASA at Home!
NASA has created a website page with opportunities for kids and
families to bring the universe to them with E-books, virtual tours,
videos, podcasts, and so much more!