Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Girl Scouts Awarded NASA Grant

The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama was awarded a $2,500 NASA Summer of Innovation Grant for GSNCA’s Robotics Series that took place this summer and will continue through Fall 2011. This series introduces girls to STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) using LEGO MINDSTORMS® and interactive NASA curriculum-based activities. The girls will gain hands-on STEM experience while learning the basics of how to design, build and program a robot and participate in a robotics challenge competition. They will engage in activities which test technical skill and creative thinking with design and programming activities while also exposing them to leadership skills through team challenges. Girls will be asked to explore how similar products and designs would be applicable to the real-world, promoting awareness of current issues and industries.

About GSNCA STEM Advocacy
GSNCA was recently selected as a STEM Advocacy Champion by Girl Scouts of the USA. This new national initiate equips and empowers Girl Scout councils to lead efforts at the local and state level to increase girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by addressing and ultimately changing an issue that impacts the lives of girls in our area.