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STEM Programs

Our world would not advance if it wasn’t for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Industries and universities are very vocal about the need for more STEM graduates. If girls can learn STEM through Girl Scouts, they will have more opportunities to see the myriad of career options with a STEM education.

GSKSMO offers innovative STEM programming for girls (and volunteers)!

GSKSMO STEM Programs:
Spark Events

Spark Events inspire girls to dream big when they think about their future, and bring girls together with STEM professionals in their workspaces.

This opportunity is open to girls in grades 4-12—depending on the event, a more specific age range may be recommended. Each Spark Event will be run separately, and girls may attend as many as they wish.

UPCOMING SPARK EVENTS:   ​   

  Brownie     Junior     Cadette     Senior     Ambassador  

Date Location 
Level Registration
  More Spark Events coming soon!    

THANK YOU to our partners who have held Spark Events in the past: SnapIT, Kiewit, VML, H&R Block, Honeywell, Google Fiber, Burns & McDonnell, LEGO-Kansas City, LEGO-St. Joseph, NIC Inc., LEGO-Topeka, Westar, Centric Projects, Labconco and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

 


Spark Events will be held throughout the year in greater Kansas City, Topeka, and St. Joseph areas. Each event will give girls an introduction to a professional field, and an opportunity to learn by doing an engaging activity similar to what the professionals do on a regular basis. There will also be time for Girl Scouts to ask questions and get a feel for if this kind of career would be a good fit for them.

This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to open their doors to interested girls that want to make a difference in the world. The careers that the girls will pursue in 10-15 years don’t even exist yet, but if businesses can engage girls at this moment in their education, girls can be aware of a myriad of options as they enter high school and college.

Businesses who partner with Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri will break down misconceptions behind STEM fields and let girls see all kinds of professional opportunities for strong, creative leaders.

Spark Events are intended to complement the Girl Scout leadership experience and create awareness of opportunities for a STEM career in the greater Kansas City area.

  

STEM Community Partners

We're proud to partner with multiple community organizations who offer STEM experiences for Girl Scouts of all ages. Information about all of these partnerships (and more!) can be found on our Community Partner page.

STEM Institutes
Building the next generation of women who change the world through science, technology, engineering and math! 

How do STEM Institutes benefit me and my troop? 

Troop leaders who register for the Institute agree to complete the age-level Journey during the program year, and will receive the following benefits for their troop:

  • Girls will build skills and excitement in STEM
  • Leaders receive in-person training on Journey materials and hands-on activities
  • Each girl registered to that program-level troop will receive a Journey Award
  • Ongoing support and communication from GSKSMO STEM staff
2019 STEM Institutes

STEM Institutes have evolved over the years – so if you took one in the past, please read the class descriptions carefully, as the format and content has changed!

Every Institute will preview the STEM Journey options for your age-level.  You will practice a few hands-on activities that you can take back to your troop meetings, and you will also leave class with a better understanding of how to schedule a Journey into your troop year.  Take Action projects will also be discussed, and how to use council-provided resources to enrich the Journey experience. 

If you want to bring a co-leader or another volunteer with the troop, please just register one person into the class, then email Kate Hood to add other volunteers to the roster.  This ensures that we offer this opportunity to as many troops as possible.

If you are not available the date of the class you need to take, take a look at the entire class list, as there are two dates for each program level.  If neither will work for you – ask the other volunteers in your troop if one of them can attend in your place. 

You must be present for the entire class to be able to get Journey awards for your girls.

There will be a networking opportunity between each class (12:00 - 1:00 pm) where you can speak with council staff, and other leaders about Take Action projects, troop management strategies, etc.  This is not required, but is an option for you if you would like a chance to talk with others about all things Girl Scouts.

Stay tuned for institute dates to be announced!  Email stem@gsksmo.org with other questions.

 
STEM at Camp:
Camp Tongawood STEM Kits

 Daisy    Brownie   Junior   Cadette   Senior   Ambassador   All Levels

Daisy Goldie Blox 

Number Available: 2    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $10

Earn a badge (or two, or three) with this kit of Goldie Blox materials. There are enough sets for 16 girls working in pairs. To use this kit, simply follow the curriculum in the Volunteer Toolkit for each badge (Board Game Design Challenge, Roller Coaster Design Challenge, and Model Car Design Challenge). No extra materials needed.

Brownie Goldie Blox  

Number Available: 2    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $10

Earn a badge (or two, or three) with this kit of Goldie Blox materials.  There are enough sets for 16 girls working in pairs.  To use this kit, simply follow the curriculum in the Volunteer Toolkit for each badge (Board Game Design Challenge, Roller Coaster Design Challenge, and Model Car Design Challenge).  No extra materials needed.

Daisy/Brownie/Junior Goldie Blox    

Number Available: 2    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $10

Have you earned your Design Challenge badge(s) and want to do more with Goldie Blox? This Craftstruction kit may be for you! No extra materials needed. 

Slime Kit 

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

Who doesn’t love making slime?  This kit contains everything you need for slime (bowls, Borax, spatulas, funnels, measuring tools) – you just need to bring the rest of the slime ingredients.  Use one of our slime recipes in the activity guide, or bring your own recipes to try out!  Borax is the only “ingredient” provided – please plan to bring all of the other slime ingredients with you.

Safety Glasses 

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $4

Are you doing something that may splash or explode? Sounds like fun – but we need to keep everyone safe while experimenting!  In this kit you’ll find youth and adult sized goggles (best for liquids) and glasses.  

Suspend Games 

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

Does your troop appreciate challenges?  Suspend games are a great way to work as a team to try to suspend all of the pieces from the game stand – one wrong move and everything may come toppling down.  Three game sets are included in the kit, so up to 12 girls can easily play at once.  No extra materials needed.

Daisy/Brownie Math  

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

It’s never too early to learn about math and money!  This kit contains pretend money, an ATM machine, dice and tangrams.  Use the money and ATM to work on a financial literacy badge, or practice for cookie booths.  Tangrams are a great “game” to practice spatial reasoning and learn more about geometric shapes.  And with dice, there are lots of ideas for quick math games you can use to help girls add and subtract quickly. This kit is meant for groups of 12 or smaller.  No extra materials needed.

Junior - Ambassador Math     

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

Math can be more than learning multiplication tables!  Use this kit to have some fun with numbers – we’ve included tangrams (great puzzles for geometry), and the games Prime Climb and 3 Sticks.  This kit is meant for groups of 10 or smaller. No extra materials needed.

Dry Erase Boards 

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $4

This kit contains mini white boards, dry erase markers and erasers.  You can use this if your group is keeping track of data, recording responses, or making a best guess before trying out a new plan.  If you’re taking them outside, they aren’t going to blow away like a sheet of paper, and hopefully lots of Girl Scouts will be able to use them throughout the year!  No extra materials needed.

GOOBI Kit 

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

This kit contains mini white boards, dry erase markers and erasers.  You can use this if your group is keeping track of data, recording responses, or making a best guess before trying out a new plan.  If you’re taking them outside, they aren’t going to blow away like a sheet of paper, and hopefully lots of Girl Scouts will be able to use them throughout the year!  No extra materials needed.

Newspaper Connectors 

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

These joints and tubes are just missing some rolled up newspapers!  Bring the newspaper, and design your structure then watch it come to life as you use the connectors and joints to create a 3-dimensional structure.  This kit would be perfect if your troop has already done some engineering projects and wants to try building with unfamiliar materials.  Or, set up an engineering day at camp, and use this in a rotation station.  There are enough materials for 8 people.  Bring your own newspaper.

Brownie - Cadette Catapult    

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

This kit will have cotton balls flying through the air in no time! Use craft sticks and rubber bands to design your best catapult.  You can expand this activity to test your hypotheses, collect data, as well as hone your engineering skills to create catapults meet a variety of goals.  There are enough materials for 12 people.  No extra materials needed.

Junior - Ambassador Green Snap Circuits     

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

Learn about energy sources and how to “think green”.  Have fun learning about environmentally friendly energy.  There are several activities to choose from – wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, etc. – you can spend time working through one or more of these activities using fun materials to “snap” the circuits together!  Three kits are included, so there are enough materials for 9-12 girls to work in groups of 3 or 4.  No extra materials required, but if using these away from power sources, you will need to provide AA batteries.

Brownie - Ambassador Snap Circuits      

Number Available: 1    Checkout Period: 1 day    Cost: $6

Using these cool materials that snap together, create various circuitry projects (300 project ideas included!) like a radio announcer or a motion detector!  You’ll be able to identify where the breaks in the circuit are by looking at your work on the board, and figure out how to make everything work.  There are three kits included, so there are enough materials for 9-12 girls working in groups of 3 or 4.  No extra materials required, but if using these away from power sources, you will need to provide AA batteries.


Take A Hike

When at camp, ask the site manager about hike materials. Each Girl Scout camp has a four-senses hike that would be great for Daisies or Brownies. If your girls are older, they might be interested in a color hike. Site managers will be able to give you the materials you need so you and your girls can take a hike around camp and see something that might have gone unnoticed on a normal “walk” across camp.

Geocaching + Letterboxing

Earn your Letterboxing or Geocaching badge at camp!

  • Junior Geocache badge - you will complete parts 1, 3  and 5 before arriving at camp. We will help you complete parts 2 and 4 during your session!

Program Level: Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador
Length: 2 hours
Cost: $8 per girl
Locations available: Camp Prairie Schooner, Camp Tongawood
What to bring/wear: Closed toed shoes, long shorts or pants and a swap/prize from each girl in your group for the final box or cache
How to Register: Contact campdept@gsksmo.org and we will  schedule a time that works for your troop. Requests must be made at least one month prior to the desired date.

If you're an experienced geocaching troop leader and want to conduct a self-guided experience for your troop, you can reserve GPS units through the council (email campdept@gsksmo.org).

GPS Unit Information:

  How to use GPS unit basics
  Detailed GPS unit instructions for advanced geocaching

Letterboxing & Geocaching on Girl Scout property:

Letterboxing trails at camp (all properties)
Geocaching courses at Camp Prairie Schooner
Geocaching courses at Camp Tongawood

 *These trails are used by Girl Scouts year-round, and sometimes the elements and usage take their toll on the quality of the cache or letterbox. If you use one of the trails and find damaged materials or a box is missing, please email details of the issue to the Outdoor Program Manager.

Letterboxing & Geocaching off Girl Scout property:

If you are taking girls to another community space and you’d like to Letterbox or Geocache, check out www.letterboxing.org or www.geocaching.com  for other trails.

Creating a new trail:

If your troop is interested in creating a trail for other troops to use on Girl Scout camp property, please contact campdept@gsksmo.org. This is a great way to help other troops have more options when they go to camp, and it's a great team-building activity for your troop!

STEM at Camp Activity Guides

GSUSA's National STEM Strategy
Engineering

Engineering is all about solving problems – so if your G.I.R.L. likes to make the world a better place with safer roads, more renewable energy, sturdier buildings – engineering may be something she’s interested in!

Computer Science

Computer Science is a growing field that is perfect for the G.I.R.L. interested in technology.  There are many ways to learn about coding and computer science – from community partner visits, to apps and websites that allow girls to learn at their own pace.

Websites:

Robotics is a great way to see the power of programming in action.  There are many ways to get your Girl Scout(s) involved.

  • www.kcfirst.org – The Kansas City metro area is rich with robotics teams housed within school districts and run independently.  Visiting a robotics team as they prepare for a competition can be a great way to learn about the work that goes into being on a team – and watching a competition is fascinating.  Each team approaches the same problem in different ways – it would be a great troop field trip!
  • If you’re interested in learning more about joining a robotics team – or even starting one! – send an email and the STEM Program Manager will help you figure out the best way to get started.
  • Products – these products can be a great way to dip your toes into robotics.

Questions? Email us.