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Girl Scouts Work to Bridge the United States STEM Gap

Girl Scouts STEM activities

The United States is on the brink of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) “talent vacuum,” reported an article published by The Hill on May 2. With the government encouraging companies to stop outsourcing in addition to tighter regulations on immigration, U.S. companies are facing a shortage of skilled laborers.

The article cited research by Ranstad North America that stated the U.S. had 3 million more STEM jobs in 2016 than workers to fill those jobs. Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians is using our resources to help the U.S. fill the STEM “vacuum.”

On June 2, exactly one month after The Hill published their article, we held our first Girl Scout Badge College event focused solely on teaching girls about careers in STEM fields. The event took place on the campus of Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. More than 40 girls attended and took part in workshops where they learned about robotics, 3D printing, forensics, computer programing, video editing, and more.

Girl Scout Badge College event


We aren’t stopping there! On November 17, we’re taking that same programming to the campus of Chattanooga State Community College, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This time the event will be offered to Girl Scouts for free, thanks to the college.

Girl Scouts has a more than 100-year tradition of encouraging girls to reach their full potential. That hasn’t gone away or changed. We will continue to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place—including within the world of STEM.