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“Through all our collective efforts, we can build self-esteem and empower girls. We are all innovators in our own way.”

    - Teevyah, Leader, STEM Center + MakerSpace Task Force and         Ambassador Girl Scout

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GSHCC’s STEM Center + MakerSpace in Sacramento

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Coming in August: STEM Center + MakerSpace in Modesto!

 

The Future of Innovation at Girl Scouts Heart of Central California

In order to provide girls with empowering, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) has opened the region’s first girl-led, girl-built STEM Center + MakerSpaces

Located in Sacramento and soon in Modesto, these unique facilities host a variety of structured and open-format maker and design-thinking activities that encourage girls to embrace the spirit of scientific discovery in their lives. The STEM Center + MakerSpace initiative is an investment in the next generation of Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders (G.I.R.L.s.), and will serve as a hub for girl innovation, exploration and discovery for Girl Scouts throughout our 18-county region.

Designed by a task force of local girl innovators, the STEM Center +           MakerSpace focuses on three key aspects of STEM: Engineering,               Programming, and Biology and Environmental Science. The center         also includes a MakerSpace that encourages the use of design                thinking and collaborative problem solving.

Through a variety of cooperative learning opportunities and hands-on experimentation, girls hone key STEM-related skills such as           creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving all while           having fun and gaining confidence. Plus, they learn about STEM               careers and meet female STEM professionals while they’re at it.

Ongoing Calendar of Events

STEM Center events and workshops for both the Sacramento and Modesto locations are posted to the Activities page

 

In the STEM Center + MakerSpace girls explore:

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Engineering:

Girls explore civil engineering, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering through designing and prototyping structures such as temporary shelters, mini roller coasters, moving vehicles and assistive devices.

 

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Programming:

Girls design and program robots, learn coding and develop an understanding of programming careers.

 

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Biology & Environmental Science:

Girls are introduced to methods environmental scientists and biologists use to make scientific discoveries, learn how observation           and data collection can enable everyday people to help scientists             better understand the world, and have the opportunity to                           contribute to real scientific research.

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MakerSpace:

The MakerSpace connects girls to the global Maker Movement, and expose them to larger, more exciting ideas that will challenge them to dream bigger. The MakerSpace provides girls with a place to further develop their design thinking and making skills in a less-structured environment, with resources, more advanced tools and self-guided activities with prompts.

 

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California’s STEM Center + MakerSpace will be a local incubator of exploration in STEM. Through collaboration, innovation, experimentation and discovery, girls will develop key STEM skills, cultivate their understanding of and interest in STEM and gain confidence in their STEM abilities.

 

 

Why Girl Scouts?

Girl Scouts has been the nation’s premier leadership organization for girls for more than 100 years. Our proven leadership program provides girls with a supportive place for growth, exploration and achievement. In fact, our programs have inspired nearly half of our nation’s female business leaders, movers and shakers in public service, and nearly every woman who has flown into space.


Girl Scouts all over the country are now taking the lead in fueling girls’ STEM innovation. Locally, Girl Scouts Heart of Central California provides the exclusive Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more than 18,000 girls in 18 counties. Want to know more about us? Take a look Girls everywhere deserve an opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math, and GSHCC is proud to lead the way.

Going Mobile!

We are excited to open the new STEM Center + MakerSpace in our Modesto Regional Program Center on Saturday, August 4. After that, look for a new STEM Center + MakerSpace mobile unit that will bring the innovation to girls in our council area ub 2019!

 

Want to help?

We’re always adding new partners, collaborators and volunteers. Donate to the cause. Let us know if you want to volunteer by emailing casey.gray@girlscoutshcc.org

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Questions?

Call us at 800.322.4475