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King University hosts Girl Scout STEM Badge Day

Submitted by Lucy Branam • Nov 10, 2019 at 10:08 AM

Twenty-four Girl Scouts delved into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) during King University’s inaugural Girl Scout STEM Badge Day on Saturday, Oct. 5.

To help them along the way were members of King University’s Women in STEM club. This mix of professors and students showed the girls how to decode cryptic messages, stay safe online, use coding to control an animation, and program robots.

Many of the Girl Scouts who participated were already very interested in STEM. The workshop provided them with an opportunity to expand their knowledge further and presented the unique opportunities for hands-on learning. The program also gave girls who are not as familiar with the aspects of STEM the opportunity to see how fun and useful math and science can be.

The girls who participated in STEM Badge Day earned two badges for their hard work. Juniors earned their Cybersecurity Investigator badge and Coding Basics badge. Cadettes earned their Cybersecurity Basics badge and Coding Basics badge.

Troops are forming now for the 2020 Girl Scout membership year. Interested youth can join anytime. To learn more, visit www.girlscoutcsa.org or call (800) 474-1912. Parents can also text JOIN to 59618.

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has almost 14,000 girl and adult members in 46 counties from Southwest Virginia through East Tennessee and Northern Georgia. Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten through their senior year in high school.