Girl Scouts introduce girls to STEM at annual event
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Families from the region gathered at the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons event at Western Dakota Tech Saturday.
The Believe in Girls event seeks to introduce girls of every age to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The stations set up at Western Dakota Tech taught girls to be creative and use problem solving skills.
Event organizers say women are underrepresented in the STEM field, but are trying to change that through events like this.
“This is a great way to show girls the careers they can do when they grow up,” said Jenny Payton. “we have phlebotomists here showing them what blood looks like under the microscope, we have got ladies showing them how to draw blood. We have got robotics and coding, the girls are taking dental impressions with the dentistry group from Western Dakota Tech so they are seeing a lot of things that they could do with their future.”
This was the second time the Believe in Girls event was held, and organizers are happy with the turnout.
“It’s so nice seeing families coming out and doing activities with their kids,” said troop leader Tifanie Petro. “And all families were welcome today, and it’s really nice seeing them do these science activities together.”
With the science and technology on display was a sneak preview of new upcoming Girl Scouts treats — thin mint almonds and dark chocolate peppermint pretzels. The new products are set to launch on October 1.