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Girls Go Tech

STEM programs motivate girls to take an early interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  We offer a variety of STEM programs that are tied to the National Program Portfolio throughout our council. Robotic Teams, space camps and career explorations days inspire girls to tackle tomorrow’s technological opportunities and challenges.

EDGE Labs

The Austin and Brownwood Service Centers offer technology labs with access to desktop and laptop computers with high-speed internet and full suite of Microsoft software. We also have digital cameras, microscopes and colors printers for girls to use.

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Austin EDGE Events
Keep an eye on the Girl Calendar so you don't miss out on our after-school events at the Austin EDGE lab. Learn to build and program LEGO robots, develop your very own video game and more! 

EDGE Lab for Troop Use 
Does your Troop want to earn a technology badge or learn a new digital skill? Consider using the Austin and Brownwood EDGE lab facilities for your next troop meeting. Fees are $2/girl per hour for use of the lab. A GSCTX staff member can help facilitate your activity, though additional fees will apply. For more information, contact EDGE@gsctx.org.

STEM Events

With the help of our community partners, GCTX is able to offer cutting edge STEM events for our girls. Through our STEM Programs girls can earn technology-related badges at the Microsoft Store, learn about Entomology in Zilker Park, discover the physics of flight and so much more! Visit the Girl Calendar and view all the "Girls Go Tech" programs to see what our council has to offer.

STEM day camps

The fun doesn't stop when school gets out! Join us for our Summer Day Camps where you can build a robot, become an Electrical Engineer or develop a hot new toy! The 2014 Camp Guide will be released soon, check back for more details.

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Just because your troop can't make an event doesn't mean you have to miss out on the FUN! GSTX is now offering STEM Programs-In-A-Box for troop check-out. These kits come with everything you need for STEM fun, no STEM experience necessary. The easy to use Leader Guide and optional YouTube videos will help any Leader teach their girls through the activities.

Each kit contains all the materials needed to complete the activity, no need to return anything to council (prices of each kit are below). Glue guns, sissors, and rulers can be checked out with a refundable deposit. Contact EDGE@gsctx.org to reserve your kit today!

Kit Name Age Level Decription Duration Cost Patch
Coaster Car Brownie
Junior
Cadette

Create and test a small car powered by gravity. More advance girls can challenge themselves by adding rubber band power.

60 minutes $4/girl Thrillbuilders
Bean Bag Toss

Brownie
Junior
Cadette

Use craft sticks and pivoting arm to build a miniature catapult that launches cotton balls. 90 minutes $4/girl Thrillbuilders
Pencil Bag Design  Junior
Cadette

Play the role of Product Designer and design a pencil bag to fit the specifications given by a partner.

70 minutes $4/girl Design Time
The Buisness of Bubbles Junior
Cadette

Girls will take on verious engineering roles, including Chemical and Mechanical Engineer to create an innovative new bubble project.

70 minutes $4/girl Design Time
Wind-Powered Crank Junior
Cadette
Your troop is on a camping trip gone wrong! Help retrieve your food by building a wind-powered crank to lift your food out of a canyon. 60 minutes $4/girl Engineers to the Rescue
Give Me Shelter Junior
Cadette
An earthquake has destroyed your tents! Your troop will take on different engineering roles to build a structure that can withstand an earthquake and rainstorm.  60 minutes $4/girl Engineers to the Rescue

Robotics teams

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Girl Scouts learn valuable life skills as they discover how to build and program robots in our Robotics Interest Groups. Under the guidance of mentors, girls experiment with new techniques and learn from the outcomes. Girl Scouts who participate in robotics teams discover their ability to succeed with technology while developing strong teamwork skills. 

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a robotics program for girls 9 10 14 years old which is designed to get children excited about science and technology--and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Teams are composed of up to ten girls with at least one adult coach. The girls design, build and program robots to solve real-world problems and game challenges. No previous robotic experience necessary. More information can be found at firstlegoleague.org.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) "The varsity Sport for the Mind," combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources and time limits, teams of 25 girls or more are challenged to raise fund, design a team "brand", hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perfrom prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It's as close to "real-world engineering" as a girl can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. More information can be found at www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc.

OTHER STEM Opportunities

Can't make a council event? Want to try something new for your upcoming troop meeting? Here are some great resources around our council to help your troop learn more about STEM fields.

Austin

  • Austin Nature and Science Center Scouting Programs – Programs aligned with Badge and Journey requirements. Topics include: mammals, birds, insects, geology, and conservation.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – In addition to self-guided tours and hands-on learning station visits, the Wildflower Center has kits available for check-out to earn the Junior Flowers badge or Cadette Trees badge.
  • Keep Austin Beautiful – KAB offers activity kits that can be used to explore a wide range of topics including bugs, mammals, watersheds and trees.
  • Latinitas – Offers workshops to earn media, art, culture and technology badges at the Mexican American Cultural Center.
     
  • Bryan/College Station

  • Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History – Offers group tours and Discovery kits to learn about mammals, insects, birds, trees, and more.
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     Waco

  • Cameron Park Zoo – Offers Animal Presentations and Behind the Scenes Tours.
  • Waco Mammoth – Free online activities and group tours to learn about geology, paleontology, and archeology.
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     Online Resources

  • PBS Kids ZOOMsci – Free online activities in chemistry, engineering, physics, life science, and more.
  • PBS SciGirls – STEM activities based on the PBS SciGirls TV show.
  • National Geographic Kids – Free online science experiments for kids.
  • Exploratorium Hands-on Activities – Hands-on activities from the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Most activities can be completed at home.
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