New Robotics Badges for Girl Scouts

Published by , August 7, 2017 11:09 am

(I-Programmer) Girl Scouts has collaborated with Code.org to develop computational-thinking programs for girls. Explaining the choice of robotics, Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of the Girl Scouts explains: “We’ve seen girls being users of technology but not necessarily programmers, and robotics is a great way to learn how to code. It lets girls have a fun experience with friends while learning a skill.”
Research indicates that girls “opt out” of STEM as early as second or third grade, so the first set of badges, which range in scope and skill level, from the Daisy-level What Robots Do to the Junior-level Programming Robots are focused on elementary school girls. However, to ensure that girls have opportunities to continue learning, experimenting, and coding, Girl Scouts and Code.org are currently developing middle and high school computational-thinking and robotics programs. Girl Scouts also plans to unveil 18 badges focused on cybersecurity, between now and 2019.

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