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Hands On Science Activities Developed For The Girl Scouts Of Tanasi Council, Inc.

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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8.626.1 - 8.626.7

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Angela Miller

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Monica Schmidt

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Session 2793

Hands-On Science Activities Developed for Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council, Inc.

Monica A. Schmidt1 and Angela M. Miller2 1 Biomedical Engineering Program, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville / 2 Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council, Inc., Knoxville, Tennessee

Introduction Outreach activities have been implemented to interest girls in careers in science and engineering, with emphasis on the physical and biological sciences. A patch program called “The Microscopic World” was designed for Girl Scouts in grades 1-12, sponsored by Tanasi Girl Scout Council. This program has been successful in providing hands-on science activities for girls in traditional Girl Scout troops, in large-group programs, in non-traditional Outreach groups, and at summer camp at Camp Tanasi. Over 900 girls have completed this patch program in the past four years.

Girl Scouts – Where Girls Grow Strong Program Goals The Girl Scout program has four goals for girls that it serves:1 1. To develop to her full individual potential. 2. To relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect. 3. To develop values to guide her actions and to provide the foundation for sound decision making. 4. To contribute to the improvement of society through the use of her abilities and leadership skills, working in cooperation with others. Goals 1 and 4 include learning new skills through education, such as science and math, to develop future career interests. Thus, Girl Scout councils are good collaborators for offering science outreach programs to girls. These councils typically serve thousands of girls through their existing members and programs.

Program Levels and Delivery Systems Girl Scouting serves girls from Kindergarten through grade 12, with five different levels of programs for girls. Daisy Girl Scouts are in Kindergarten or grade 1. Brownies are in grades 1, 2 and 3. Juniors are in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Cadettes are in grades 6, 7, 8 and 9. Seniors are in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Programs offer various educational and/or recreational activities for girls, which allow girls to earn recognitions in the form of patches, badges, or pins. Some program activities are developed by the national organization, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., and others are developed by individual Girl Scout councils.

Girl Scout councils provide their programs to girls through several delivery systems, including traditional troops led by adult volunteers, non-traditional or Outreach groups led by adult staff members, summer resident camps, and individually registered girls. Adult volunteers leading traditional troops are organized into larger groups known as service units, where multiple troops can organize and participate in activities or events together to earn recognitions. Adult

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Miller, A., & Schmidt, M. (2003, June), Hands On Science Activities Developed For The Girl Scouts Of Tanasi Council, Inc. Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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