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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


GSHCC’s STEM Center + MakerSpace

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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 + MakerSpace. This unique facility hosts 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 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 & 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

As the center opens, events and workshops will be posted to the Activities page. Check after November 1 for a full calendar, but some of the programs that will be held after opening are:

A-MAZE-ing Teamwork! (Engineering 101) (For Daisies)

Girls will be introduced to the design thinking method of problem-solving then given a problem to design a solution for. Girls will use materials and tools available in the STEM Center + MakerSpace to prototype a maze for a hexbug to travel through.

Write the Code (Coding 101) (for Brownies)

Girls will review basic programming and computational thinking before collaborating to develop coding skills in an online activity. Girls will also learn about debugging problems and persisting when problems are difficult. Workshop will include both unplugged and plugged-in coding activities.

First Fridays

This unique ‘incubator’ style workshop is totally girl-led. Older girls can choose to participate in the day’s activity, develop STEM skills on their own or with other girls, share their skills/projects, or work on aspects of their higher awards with STEM Center resources. Seniors and Ambassadors are encouraged to bring a non-member friend who is interested in STEM. STEM professionals are also welcome to drop in, participate in the day’s activity and network with girls. No fee for this workshop.

What is Making?

STEM Info Night: STEM Journey information and how to rent the STEM Center to complete STEM journeys will be presented. Adults will engage in a hands-on maker activity to better understand facilitation of activities with their troops and how making activities can be used to support GSLE 5-Outcomes and develop 21st century skills in their girls.


In the STEM Center + MakerSpace girls explore:


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.



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


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.


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.


Expanding to Modesto & Going Mobile!

Our Sacramento site is just the beginning. In 2018, we’ll open a STEM Center + MakerSpace in Modesto, and then we’ll set up a new STEM Center + MakerSpace mobile unit that will bring the innovation to girls in our council area


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




Call us at 800.322.4475