Girl Scouts Space Sciences Badge Resources

Girl Scouts Space Sciences Badge Resources

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Welcome amateur astromers! Here you'll find resources to help you make meaningful connections with Girl Scouts and help them earn Girl Scout of the USA’s Space Science badges.

Girl Scouts of the USA recently released Space Science badges for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade—and in 2019, they’ll offer Space Science badges for sixth- through twelfth-grade girls. The earning of each badge includes an “observing” component, with troops encouraged to reach out to local astronomy clubs, so be aware that troop leaders may contact you to attend one of your events. You can share your love of the sky as you help girls unleash their G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ potential! Learn about the Girl Scout Difference and how the Girl Scout Leadership Experience helps girls thrive.

On this page, you will find resources to help make your outreach more inclusive:
  1. Here's why inclusive outreach matters
  2. Getting ready for the new Girl Scout space science badges
  3. In-person and online workshops    
  4. Resources and techniques for working with girls
  5. Videos and articles connected to diversity and fairness
Keep coming back to find new resources and connect to like minded astronomers.

1) Why Inclusive Outreach Matters
  • Take a test designed by Harvard on Gender and Science to learn more about your own biases. Everyone has them; find out about yours.
  • Stay tuned as we put the finishing touches on new activities! 

2) Girl Scout Space Science Badges
Read more about the topics covered in the Space Science badges and how amateur astronomers can support Girl Scouts at the telescope and beyond:

3) In-person and Online Workshops
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is offering workshops aimed at doing great outreach with girls. Here are some of the upcoming dates. To find out more or to schedule a free workshop for amateur astronomers, contact Theresa Summer
If you are a Girl Scout Volunteer looking for astronomers, find your local club here

 
       Upcoming workshops and presentations - join us!
Past workshops include Ohio, Missouri, SF Bay Area, and RTMC in S. CA.

4) Resources and techniques for working with girls
Resources to come - stay tuned!
Read more about the work in progress here.


5) Videos and articles connected to diversity, fairness, and highlighting women's contribution to space science
  • One of the ways to encourage girls in astronomy is to approach your outreach with a "growth mindset." Find out how in this article.
  • This video on young children and this one on pre-teens remind us that girls can do science and that the playing field isn't always level. 
  • We all affect the people we talk with. See what society tells these girls and what you can do to change your part in that.  
  • Show girls just how much women do at NASA with this video.

Do you have other resources you think should be included? Let us know!



Latest update: October 9, 2018


 

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Girls toys vs. boys toys

See how early unconscious bias begins in this video from the BBC.

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