The eclipse is coming! Monday, August 21, but you already have that on your calendar right? Now, do you know what you're doing to celebrate/participate? Here's a rundown of helpful resources.
- Girl Scout Eclipse Box Activity Guide (PDF) - although you won't have the box of materials, you can purchase most of them or order online.
- NASA Eclipse video YouTube channel (link) - 12 videos currently available to get your learnin' on.
- How to make a pinhole project box (Facebook video)
- GoldieBlox printables and video instruction for pinhole projector (Facebook video and PDF printables) - If you don't have the exact GoldieBlox parts, you can certainly substitute other household options.
- NASA-hosted Citizen Scientist projects (link) - connects to new Journeys!
- NASA Safety tips (link)
New Badges! (coming 2019)
Today, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced new details about a five-year program called Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts. Funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and led by the SETI Institute, the program offers more girls opportunities to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through new Space Science badges.
Research shows women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields and exposing girls to these subjects at a young age is vital to ignite their curiosity and close this gap. In response, together with five partners—the SETI Institute, Girl Scouts of Northern California, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the University of Arizona, and ARIES Scientific—GSUSA is equipping girls as young as five years old with the confidence and skills they need to take their STEM interest to the next level.
At the center of the collaboration are new Space Science badges for girls at every Girl Scout grade level. These badges, combined with GSUSA’s larger suite of national STEM programming, provide a seamless pathway for girls to develop a lifetime love of the cosmos and its endless possibilities. The badges range from Space Science Explorer, which introduces Daisies in kindergarten and first grade to the fundamentals of space science, to Space Science Master, which engages Ambassadors in grades 11–12 in their own explorations of space based on research that NASA scientists are conducting. Other badges include Space Science Adventurer (for Brownies), Space Science Investigator (for Juniors), Space Science Researcher (for Cadettes), and Space Science Expert (for Seniors).
By 2019, the Space Science badges will join GSUSA’s already robust roster of STEM badges for girls, and all badge content and activities will be delivered to volunteers through the organization’s national online Volunteer Toolkit.