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.
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 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 127 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.