Girl Scouts bring new STEM ideas to old-school farming

July 21, 2017 07:03 PM

GALWAY - If you're a company looking to hire an engineer, you might want to consider a former Girl Scout. The organization is working to grow a field of future mathematicians and scientists with its programming.

Inventions are born at Camp Woodhaven. On the first day of the "Global Girls" session, a group of middle-schoolers visited a retired thoroughbred farm. They were asked to come up with a solution to an issue the animals - or their caretakers - were experiencing.

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The girls decided to make it easier to get the 50-pound feedbags to the animals and with the help of a Global Foundries engineer, the scouts planned and built a device that would benefit the farm.

"They have a really fresh look on things, anything is possible. so they do a lot of that, not to be cliché, but out-of-the-box thinking," explained Robert Weinman, a Global Foundries engineer.

Even with assistance from a professional engineer, the inventions didn't always work as initially planned, but that's the point. Experimenting is just as important as the outcome.

"They learn critical skills to problem solve, real-day solutions they may see in their lives," noted Linda Stephen with Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY.

While the Girl Scouts' mission has always been to empower girls and young women, the organization has increased its non-competitive - and hopefully fun - science and math offerings to keep girls interested in fields from which they've often shied away.

It’s a process that’s helping to build a generation of future engineers.


WNYT Staff

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