Girl Scouts Space Sciences Badge Resources
Welcome amateur astronomers! Here you'll find resources to help you make meaningful connections with Girl Scouts and help them earn their Space Science badges.
Girl Scouts of the USA recently released Space Science badges for girls in kindergarten through twelfth-grade girls. Earning 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 club 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:
- Here's why inclusive outreach matters
- Getting ready for the new Girl Scout space science badges
- In-person and online workshops
- Resources and techniques for working with girls
- Videos and articles connected to diversity and fairness
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.
- Learn tips to do more inclusive outreach.
- 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:
- List of steps in the Younger Girl Badge, from the Girl Scouts of Northern CA
- How to support girls completing each of the Space Science Badges, including the topics and developmentally appropriate techniques.
3) In-person and Online Workshops
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is offering workshops aimed at doing great outreach with girls. 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 online workshops - join us!
September 14 - October 2, webinars on Wednesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET
Sign up here. Deadline: August 30th 2020
Past workshops include North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri, SF Bay Area, and RTMC in S. CA.
4) Resources and techniques for working with girls
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 article.
Do you have other resources you think should be included? Let us know!
Last update: August 11, 2020
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