Driving diversity in STEM with Girl Scouts of the USA
At a time when women account for half of the college-educated workforce, but constitute only 29 percent of the workforce in science and engineering occupations, Raytheon and Girl Scouts of the USA are collaborating to fuel the pipeline of female leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Through a multiyear commitment from Raytheon, Girl Scouts will launch its first national computer science program and Cyber Challenge for middle and high school girls. The program will aim to prepare girls in grades 6-12 to pursue computer science careers, including cybersecurity, robotics, data science, and artificial intelligence, among others.
Raytheon is the inaugural sponsor of the Girl Scouts Computational Thinking program for middle and high school girls, which will create age-appropriate content and foundational STEM experiences through the "Think Like a Programmer" Journey — currently only available to girls in kindergarten through 5th grade. The six-week series will include hands-on curriculum, and — like all Girl Scout programming — it will be girl-led. Girls will have the opportunity to apply what they learn at Girl Scouts’ first-ever Cyber Challenge.
Phase one of the new national computer science program will be run as a pilot in select geographies in early 2018, with full nationwide implementation planned to begin in fall 2018. Select Girl Scout councils will pilot the Cyber Challenge in 2019.
This comprehensive program has the potential to reach nearly half a million girls in grades 6-12, with a specific focus on girls from military families.
To learn more about how Girl Scouts prepares girls for a lifetime of leadership, and to volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.
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