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 Badge
- 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.
- How do you know how to play this game?
- What are the directions?
- Are there pieces or characters in the game that move?
- 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 between obstacles.
- See the image below to plan out the maze (the circle is the beginning of the maze, and the star is the end).
- Pick your favorite stuffed animal or toy to move through the maze to get to a special prize: a tasty treat!
- 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 game.
- 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!
- Meet the Stars
- 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!