STEM Center of Excellence
The United States is facing a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce crisis. In the next decade, the U.S. workforce will need 1 million new STEM professionals. How can we fill this essential job pipeline?
The answer is simple: Girl Scouts! But we need your
To be effective and long-lasting, STEM engagement needs to start
early. Kids are saying “I’m not really into STEM” as soon as third
grade. But the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) can change
The GSLE is built on four core program pillars, including Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, Outdoors, and STEM. With a focus on high-quality, age appropriate programs in engineering, computer science, and outdoor STEM, girls become increasingly interested, confident, and competent in STEM subjects.
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is playing a role in changing
the workforce pipeline in STEM to meet the urgent need for female
voices, engagement, and leadership in the fastest growing sector of
the U.S. economy.
CEO Jane Christyson serves as co-chair of the national Girl Scout STEM Pledge Strategy Committee, an initiative that aims to add 2.5 million girls to the STEM pipeline by 2025. Locally, GSNEO has added new STEM programming and plans to build a STEM Center of Excellence . The facility, proposed to be built at Camp Ledgewood located in Peninsula, would provide a living laboratory for a larger group of youth to collaborate with local educators and experience year-round opportunities in robotics, computer coding, botany, chemistry, and more.
The new STEM Center of Excellence will benefit girls in many
- Girl Scouts who participate in girl-focused STEM programs become better problem solvers, critical thinkers, and inspirational leaders; they earn better grades and scholarships, and they follow more lucrative career paths; plus, they see STEM as the foundation for a meaningful and successful future.
- Girl Scout programming builds girls’ skills and encourages their interest in STEM and environmental conservation from an early age – areas girls are not typically encouraged to explore outside of Girl Scouting.
- Girl Scouts released a number of new STEM badges (including 18 Coding for Good badges, 9 Cybersecurity badges, and 3 Space Science badges), and the STEM Center of Excellence will enable girls throughout Northeast Ohio to easily participate in these badge programs. There is now a total of 115 STEM badges available to Girl Scouts!
- The location of Camp Ledgewood is within a half hour drive of 51% of Girl Scout members within our 18-county council.
Help Make the STEM Center of Excellence a Reality at Camp Ledgewood
GSNEO recently submitted a capital funding request to the State of Ohio to help fund the STEM Center of Excellence. With your help, we can educate our elected officials in the Senate and House of Representatives to advocate for this funding.
Working on a Civic Action badge? This is the perfect opportunity for girls to gain insight into local and state government that affects you directly!
Just call, email, or send a letter to your local senators and representatives asking for their support of this project before March 31.
Click here to find your senate district, then click on “FIND YOUR SENATOR,” and type in your address or zip code when prompted.
Click here to find your congressional district and who your member is. Under the “Representatives” tab, click “House District map” and type in your address in the box provided.
Already know your district? Select your county from the list below and click on the legislators for your district to go directly to their contact page.
Not sure how to ask for her/his support? Click the links below for some help getting started:
After reaching out to your legislator(s), please fill out this online form: click here.