#GAReads | Girl Scouts add 30 new badges in robotics, science and engineering
These new Girl Scout badges have real merit.
The Girl Scouts of the USA kicked off its summer recruiting season on Tuesday by announcing 30 new badges that will get girls ages five to 18 building robots, designing balloon-powered cars and mastering the college application process.
The new badge programs are strong in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) skills — key to closing the STEM gender gap, as women only make up 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce. And many address some of society’s most pressing issues at the moment, such as cybersecurity and environmental advocacy.