Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is partnering with FirstEnergy Foundation to engage 4,000 Northeast Ohio girls in a FirstEnergy Patch Program this year. The program is designed to give girls hands-on experiences to spark their interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers while learning about electricity.
“Our innovative programming helps girls take the lead – in their own lives and in the world,” said Jane Christyson, CEO of Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. “Girl Scouts is filling the female leadership and STEM workforce pipeline, which is something that partnerships with forward-thinking organizations like FirstEnergy Foundation helps us accomplish.”
Girl Scouts will participate in small group workshops and large group events that engage them in activities and experiments such as making electric currents, harnessing the wind for energy, and using the strength of the sun to generate power. Girls will also learn about energy terminology, electric safety, energy conservation, and STEM careers by using safety equipment and seeing a bucket truck in action.
“Women are underrepresented in the STEM fields, holding less than 28% of all STEM jobs in the United States,” said Lorna Wisham, president of the FirstEnergy Foundation. “Earning the ‘Girl Power’ patch will help Girl Scouts explore their natural curiosity about how things work, while ensuring more girls gain relevant skills and the confidence to meet the demands of a competitive workforce.”
Girl Scouts is proud to be a recognized industry leader when it comes to providing STEM programming for youth. Through hands-on learning in a girl-focused and girl-led environment, girls learn how to use STEM to help their community, improve the world, and build the future.