From tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors, Girl Scouts may now earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. It's the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA, per the AP. The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and also nudges girls to become citizen scientists using the outdoors as their laboratory. Among the new badges are those that introduce kindergarten and first-graders to the world of robots and engineering. Scouts can learn basic programming and build prototypes to solve everyday problems.
Older scouts will have the chance to enhance those skills, learning more about artificial intelligence and algorithms. Other new badges focus on race car and aviation design using kits from GoldieBlox, a girl-focused toy company. The "leave no trace" approach to interacting with the environment and the study of meteorology by learning to predict weather patterns and potential hazards are among activities geared to new outdoors badges. The new badges are available starting this week. Next year, another initiative will allow Girl Scouts to earn "Cybersecurity" badges. (Read more Girl Scouts stories.)