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  • Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Selects New Chief Financial Officer

    Laura Bassett to Head-Up Finance and Strategy

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Bassett to the position of Chief Financial Officer. She will be responsible for financial planning and budgeting, record-keeping, contracts, as well as financial reporting for the 15.6M nonprofit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC. In addition, Ms. Bassett will oversee operations of the organization’s iconic cookie sale, technology, retail operations, and eight camps and six offices.

    Ms. Bassett has a long career leading financial departments in the publishing industry, previously working for Sunset Publishing Corp, Gannett, and a host of independent newspapers. She received her MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University and Bachelors in Finance from the University of Massachusetts. Along with her strong expertise in finance, Ms. Bassett is dedicated to the mission of the Girl Scout organization, volunteering as a troop leader and in the cookie program.

    Ms. Bassett grew-up as a Girl Scout, rising to the highest level of achievement, known at the time as First Class, (today, called the Gold Award). She is also the proud parent of a Gold Award Girl Scout. She began her employment at Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital managing the Girl Scout Cookie Program, where she successfully took the operations, painstakingly done by hand by thousands of...

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  • Amazing New Technology!

    Your Girl Scout experience just got even more amazing. Take advantage of Volunteer Systems, a new system where parents, volunteers and members can manage their membership information; and troop leaders have access to the Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), an amazing new tool to help troop leaders spend more time where it counts—with their girls.

    Current members should have recieved an important email from that allowed you to set-up your profile.  If you are a current volunteer, and your Girl Scout volunteer role is not listed in your profile, please select the appropriate volunteer position.

    Once you’ve set up your login information, go to our website and click on the “My GS” portal in the upper right hand toolbar, and start exploring!

    Have questions? We’ve got you covered. Read our Frequently Asked Questions below or click the following links to download a printable version.

    About Volunteer Systems | About the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)


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  • Girls’ Choice badges are back

    Girls’ choice is back and better than ever! Last year, girls voted and chose the new outdoor badges. This year, girls can choose between three badge categories: STEM, financial literacy and the outdoors. Girls will also vote for their favorite topic under the category they choose. Voting ends Sunday, November 15, so make your voice heard today.

  • From the Desk of the CEO

    Dear Girl Scout Family,

    Welcome to the start of a new Girl Scout year. Girls will have opportunities to try new things, make lasting friendships, and go on incredible adventures. So it's no surprise our theme this year is "Be Amazing!" 

    We know girls cannot succeed without the support of dedicated parents and volunteers. That’s why we’re using technology like the new Volunteer Toolkit to make the volunteer experience even easier.  

    Looking ahead, we’re excited to celebrate the upcoming centennial anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award in 2016. If you earned the First Class, Curved Bar or Gold Award, let us know so we can keep you up to date with all the planned activities. We also can’t wait for the return of the Girl Scout cookie program. Order taking begins December 21, so be sure to mark your calendars so we can make this cookie sale our biggest and best.

    With your continued support, we will continue to provide opportunities for girls to accomplish amazing things. Let’s make this the best Girl Scout year ever!


    Lidia Soto-Harmon 

    CEO, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital...

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  • High Awards Updates

    Gold Award

    Current Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold Award and want to be involved in our Gold Award Centennial celebrations are invited to fill out our Gold Award events survey. We have many upcoming opportunities for girls who are a part of the Gold Award Family to highlight and celebrate their achievements, and inspire other girls to earn their Gold Award. For more information on upcoming Gold Award events, girls can also follow the Teen and Earned Awards Rally on Rallyhood.

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital will be transitioning to GoGold Online for girls to submit their Gold Award Project Proposals. Girls can now submit their proposal using either our paper proposal form or the GoGold online applications. Our Council will exclusively use the GoGold Online system beginning January 1, 2016.

    Gold Award Boot Camps

    Gold Award Boot Camps will continue into the fall to prepare girls for the upcoming Gold Award Centennial year. To date, more than 160 Girl Scouts have taken this opportunity to get smart about the process. Visit our...

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  • 2015 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction from the Eastern Panhandle

    On Wednesday, October 14, four inspiring women from the Eastern Panhandle were named the 2015 Girl Scouts Women of Distinction. Bridget Cohee, Linda Largent McGraw, Lynne Seibert Steptoe and Pam Wagoner were selected by their peers and honored in a ceremony in Martinsburg, West Virginia for their outstanding work in the community, and for being a role models for Girl Scouts.

    Bridget Cohee’s determination and strong work ethic have effected positive change in the Eastern Panhandle.  Bridget’s community involvement includes: Shepherd University Board of Governors; United Way of the Eastern Panhandle; Contemporary American Theater Festival; Young Professionals of the Eastern Panhandle; Court Appointed Guardian ad litem; and St. Joseph Angels.  Since 2000 Bridget has practiced in the litigation department of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Martinsburg office, and is presently managing member there.  Bridget has been named a Best Lawyer in America; additionally, she has been recognized by The State Journal as one of West Virginia’s Top Lawyers and as part of their Generation Next: 40 Under 40 in 2006.  She has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is a member of the WVU College of Law Visiting Committee.  Locally, Bridget has been awarded the Marvin Yurish Award for Excellence in Community...

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  • Share your amazing Girl Scout story

    Whether they're traveling with their troop to Switzerland or using their cookie earnings to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Girl Scouts do some pretty amazing things. Tell us your amazing Girl Scout story by taking our survey--and you might be featured on our website and Facebook page! We welcome stories from individual Girl Scouts, Girl Scout troops and volunteers.

    Questions? Contact Michelle Eider,

  • Happy birthday, Daisy!

    Join us in celebrating our founder Juliette Gordon Low’s birthday on October 31 by entering our birthday card contest. Two pairs of tickets to Girl Scout Night at the Nutcracker with the Washington Ballet are up for grabs!

    Here’s how to enter:

    1. Create a card wishing Juliette Gordon Low a happy birthday. Have fun and show us your creativity!

    2. Take a picture of your Girl Scout's card and post it to The deadline to submit is October 28, 2015.

    3. Vote for your favorite submissions on Facebook now through 5:00 PM on October 30. The two photos with the most likes and shares will each receive a pair of tickets to Girl Scout Night at the Nutcracker on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 5:30pm. The winner will be announced on Daisy’s birthday. 

  • Girl Scouts Archives and History Program Center to open in Frederick, MD

    To learn more about the Girl Scouts Archives and History Program Center read the article in The Frederick News-Post here! 

    Beginning this October, Girl Scouts will have a new destination to learn more about the rich history of Girl Scouting in the Greater Washington Region. On Saturday, September 19, the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Archives and History Program Center will be dedicated to the Council’s former president, Diane Tipton, with an open house from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

    “We are thrilled to finally have a permanent facility to house our collection of historical artifacts,” said Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital CEO Lidia Soto-Harmon. “The Program Center will provide girls with the opportunity to explore the incredible legacy of Girl Scouting in our region.”

    Girl Scouts was formed in 1912 and moved its national headquarters to Washington, DC in 1913 (later moved to New York). Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital’s first troops date back to 1913, and throughout the years, the Council has acquired a number of artifacts which reflect the Girl Scout experience in the Greater Washington Region. 

    Some of the items that will be on display in the new center include badges, handbooks, uniforms, Girl Scout scrapbooks, artwork, historic camp equipment,...

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  • All Staff Meeting Friday, September 11

    We are having our All Staff Meeting this Friday, September 11. All of our shops and offices will be closed with the exception of the Germantown Shop – open 10am-3pm. To learn more about our shops and their locations, please visit our Shop page

  • Register for Sudden Service!

    Are you ready to volunteer, represent Girl Scouts and attend high-profile events? Sign up for Sudden Service by Saturday, October 31, 2015!

    Sudden Service provides opportunities for girls to participate in ceremonial events and special activities in the Washington, DC area. Girl Scouts are asked, often at the last minute, to perform flag ceremonies, volunteer at receptions, usher at special events and more.

    All registered Girl Scout members from Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital can participate. If you signed up last year, you must re-register for the 2015-16 Girl Scout year. The deadline to register is October 31, 2015.  

    Girl Scouts must be ready and equipped with uniform on short notice. Troop leaders should be prepared to check their email often and respond quickly, as many opportunities are on a first come, first served basis. Some events request girls from a particular community or congressional district, a particular age or ethnic group, or girls who are interested in a specific topic. You will be notified when your Girl Scout is selected.

    Parents must sign a photo release for their daughters to participate.

    Got talent? Let us know! You may be called upon to sing the National Anthem, dance or play an instrument at an event.

    Questions? Contact Michelle Eider, meider...

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  • Reservations: Where You'll Find Campsites, Program Kits and Camp Gear

    Camping equipment, program kits, and boat trailers are now available on the same system as Campsite Reservations. 

    Need help finding where to go? 

  • Become a lifetime member!

    Keep the adventure going! For a limited time only, give a lifetime Girl Scout membership to a registerd Girl Scout, at the time of her high school graduation, for the reduced cost of $195 (regularly $375). Deadline for this special reduced rate is September 1, 2015.

    Become a lifetime member today.

  • Celebrating 85 years of Camp May Flather

    This month, our Girl Scout Camp May Flather turns 85! Girls at camp will celebrate 85 years of wonderful memories with birthday cake.

    Camp May Flather first opened its doors to campers in August 1930. First Lady Lou Henry Hoover officiated the camp’s dedication on August 8, spending the night in a tent prior to the ceremony.

    The camp is named after Rebecca Mary “May” Flather, a passionate Girl Scout whose generous donation made it possible to provide a permanent camp for girls in the Greater Washington Region. 

    Stay tuned to our Facebook page as we take a look at Camp May Flather, then and now. 

  • FAQ For the New Volunteer Background Screening

    Volunteer Screening FAQ’s

    Thank you for choosing to volunteer with Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital. For the safety of our girls, we ask that volunteers complete a background check and be a registered member before she/he may volunteer with a troop. The Council reserves the right to rescreen for the duration of your volunteer service with Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. The processing fee is $8.00 and financial assistance is available.

    Do I have to complete the background check if I am already a volunteer?
    Volunteers who completed the Volunteer Application Process (VAP) or paper application will not have to complete the initial screening. 

    Does the background screening last forever?
    Industry best practice states that randomly selected volunteers should undergo background checks periodically. You may be requested to complete a background check in the future.

    I’ve already completed a background check elsewhere. Do I have to do it again?
    Yes. In accordance with state and federal law, agencies are not permitted to share background checks. If, however, you have completed a background check with the screening company “Verified Volunteers”, please login to your account to view your sharing options.

    What does the volunteer screen include?

      Social Security Trace is performed using the Social Security number provided. This search identifies places where the individual has...

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  • Four Outstanding Women Named Girl Scouts’ 2015 “Women of Distinction”

    Martinsburg, WV – The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital has named four women from the Eastern Panhandle as the 2015 “Women of Distinction”.   They will be recognized at the 11th annual Women of Distinction luncheon this fall on Wednesday, October 14, at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV. 

    The women were selected by their peers for outstanding work in the community, contribution to their professions, and serving as outstanding role models for young women. Bridget Cohee, Linda Largent McGraw, Lynne Seibert Steptoe, and Pam Wagoner will join the distinguished rank of women who have received the Women of Distinction honor over the past ten years.  

    Bridget Cohee’s determination and strong work ethic have effected positive change in the Eastern Panhandle.  Bridget’s community involvement includes: Shepherd University Board of Governors; United Way of the Eastern Panhandle; Contemporary American Theater Festival; Young Professionals of the Eastern Panhandle; Court Appointed Guardian ad litem; and St. Joseph Angels.  Since 2000 Bridget has practiced in the litigation department of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Martinsburg office, and is presently managing member there.  Bridget has been named a Best Lawyer in America; additionally, she has been recognized by The State Journal as one of West Virginia’s Top Lawyers and as part of their Generation Next: 40 Under 40 in 2006.  She has been admitted to pr...

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  • Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout: Colleen Duffey’s Story

    For proof that the skills and confidence built through Girl Scouting has an everlasting impact on girls’ lives, look no further than Girl Scout Alumna and Gold Award awardee Colleen Duffey.

    Through her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Colleen found her passion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and developed the skills necessary to help her become a leader in a male-dominated field. Today, only a quarter of STEM workers are female.

    “Girl Scouts gave me the opportunity to feel comfortable to explore a career in STEM,” she said. “It paved the way for my interest in figuring out how things work, how to make them work better, how to fix them when they break and how to be innovative.”

    Colleen earned her Gold Award in 1999 by making a local campsite wheelchair accessible, widening doors and paths and building ramps to the cabins. After seeing how she could use engineering to improve the camping experience for her sister Girl Scouts, Colleen was inspired to pursue Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.    

    She says the lifelong lessons and skills gained through Girl Scouting made all the difference in her career.

    “Girl Scouts built my confidence by creating a safe environment that encouraged my leadership development,” she said. “I was m...

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  • Camp out on the White House South Lawn

    In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, the Let’s Move campaign and Great Outdoors Month, Girl Scouts had the sleepover of a lifetime during the first ever campout on the White House South Lawn, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Girls practiced tying knots, took on the rock wall, and worked on their orienteering skills. The girls received a surprise visit from President Obama, who joined them for a round of campfire songs, followed by a group hug. Stargazing with NASA astronaut Cady Coleman capped off an unforgettable day for these Girl Scouts.

    The event also celebrated the release of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges. While the badges themselves will be available in the fall, girls can now download guidelines for earning the Outdoor Adventurer, Horseback Riding, Archery, Paddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge badges.

    View more photos from the day on our Facebook page.

  • Five New Outdoor Badges Now Available

    You voted, and now they’re here! This summer, girls will have the opportunity to earn Outdoor AdventurerHorseback RidingArcheryPaddling and Ultimate Recreation Challenge badges. The Girls’ Choice Outdoor badge materials and guidelines are now available online.

    While girls can begin earning badges this summer, the badges themselves and the physical booklets will be available from the Council shops in the fall. 

  • Congressional Aide

    It’s that’s time again! Girl Scout Ambassadors from across the Council are taking to Capitol Hill to participate in our historic Congressional Aide program. Over the course of a week, girls shadow congressional offices, where they learn first-hand about our nation's political process and help members of Congress and their staff with daily assignments.

    As girls take phone calls, give tours, attend hearings and more, they have the opportunity to gain a behind-the-scenes look at our government. The Congressional Aide program builds girls’ civic knowledge and professional skills, and inspires a lifetime commitment to public service.

    View more photos from Congressional Aide by visiting our Facebook page. 

  • Be Prepared for the Best Camp Experience Ever!

    It’s nearly that time again! As we approach the start of summer sleepaway camp, we’re providing helpful tips to make sure your daughter will have a summer she’ll never forget.

    ·       Some first-time campers might become homesick—but it’s a normal part of the camp experience! If it’s your daughter’s first overnight experience without you, try arranging for her to have overnights with friends before she leaves for camp.

    ·       Help her get ready to meet new friends at camp by practicing introducing yourself with your daughter.

    ·       When packing, have your daughter pack her own bag and roll up her sleeping bag, since she will be responsible for doing this herself at camp.

    ·       Pack each day’s change of clothes in Ziploc bags so she can pull out clothes one day at a time and keep dirty clothes separate. 

    ·       Leave those iPods, cell phones and tablets at home. Camp is all about unplugging and experiencing nature!

    There are still a few camp spaces available. Visit our Summer Camp 2015 to find out which programs still have openings. 

  • Sun Safety Tips!

    Learn the best tips on how to protect your child from sun damaging rays this summer! It is part of the Girl Scout’s Sun Safety patch program available to Girl Scout troops and offered at many of the Girl Scout summer camps.

    Melanoma, one of the most deadly of all skin cancers, is increasing faster than any other group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980. It is the most common form of cancer for young adults (25-29 years old) and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults  (15-29 years old). However, if caught early, melanoma can be effectively treated.

    The Girl Scout Sun Safety patch program uses fun activities to educate girls about the unseen, but dangerous, ultraviolet rays from the sun. At Girl Scout camps, girls learn how to protect themselves from the sun. Using special UV-sensitive beads and nail polish, girls make bracelets and manicures that turn colors when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays! Girls receive a Sun Safety patch (which also changes colors when exposed to ultraviolet rays), when they complete the program! 

    The Girl Scout Sun Safety patch program offers the following tips:

      Encourage your children to play in the shade and avoid outdoor activities when the sun’s rays are the strongest (10:00 am – 4:00pm)...

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  • Rock the Mall Anniversary

    On June 9, 2012, more than a quarter of a million Girl Scouts from across the country gathered on the national mall to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout. This week, as we celebrate the three-year anniversary of Girl Scouts Rock the Mall, we’re reminiscing about this historic event during our Rock the Mall rewind. Visit our Facebook page to share with us your favorite memories from the day.

  • Fewer forms and documents required!

    We heard your pleas for less paperwork and have delivered! Check out the 2015 list of retired forms! Many of the forms were moved to a new home on Rallyhood, that list is coming soon. 

    Head to our Forms page!

  • Girl Scouts Partners with National Park Service to Give Girl Scouts Everywhere Access to the Outdoors

    Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

    Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.

    “Providing girls with access to the outdoors is one of the cornerstones of the Girl Scout mission,” said Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of GSUSA. “Through terrific partnerships and programs like the Girl Scout Ranger Program, we offer girls a chance to engage in outdoor activities that encourage a healthy, active lifestyle and a respect for the environment. We are proud to be teaming up with the National Park Service to help more Girl Scouts in more places experience everything the outdoors has to offer.”

    Girls and troops who wish to participate in the Girl Scout Ranger Program can visit the National Park Service website to locate a park (“Find Your Park”) near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders a...

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  • CapiTalk Newsletter!

    Click here to read the full spring edition of the CapiTalk newsletter!

    From the Desk of the CEO

    Dear Girl Scout Family,

    It's that time of year again, when flowers bloom, grass grows and Girl Scouts Early Bird registration opens for the 2015-2016 Girl Scout year. Claim your spot today!

    When you renew your girl's registration, you're saying yes to another year of new adventures, opportunities to make a difference and of course, fun!

    Read more…

    Camp Spaces Still Available!

    There's still time for your girl to have her best summer ever! Spaces are still available for programs like:

    Hundred Acre Woods: Girls in grades 1 through 2 will discover the Hundred Acre Woods as they venture to the Pooh Tree and have many other exciting adventures. Take home your very own hunny pot that you can fill with goodies


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  • 2015 Gold Award

    Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is proud to announce the Gold Award Class of 2015, 196 Girl Scouts from the Greater Washington Region. The Gold Award is the highest achievement earned in Girl Scouting. Girls demonstrate superior leadership, project management and a higher commitment to community service.  The Gold Award opens doors for Girl Scouts and is highly regarded by colleges, U.S. military and employers.

    “These Girl Scouts tackle tough issues and create projects that improve the lives of others,” said Lidia Soto-Harmon, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. “The Gold Award is a girl’s legacy in Girl Scouting.”

    From protecting endangered species and capturing oral histories, to teaching senior citizens about new technology, the Gold Award projects are sustainable solutions to a problem. They also serve as proof that Girl Scouts leave a lasting impact on their community and world.

    For a complete review of all 2015 Gold Award projects, read our Award Yearbook. 

    Also go to our Facebook page for our pictures from this year's In Your Honor event celebrating our Gold Award recipients. 

    Click ...

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  • From the Desk of the CEO

    Dear Girl Scout Family,

    Welcome to the new online home of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. Have a look around—we can’t wait for you to explore everything our new website has to offer.

    Our new website tells the Girl Scout story. With an improved navigation and mobile friendly design, it's easy to find national and Council programs and register for events. And that's not all. There's more exciting innovations in store. 

    In December we will introduce the online Volunteer Toolkit, which will initially come with program materials for Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie and Junior troop meetings. Girl Scout leaders will be able to manage their troop roster and plan activities for a Journey year, badge year, or create their own year!

    Last August, we launched Rallyhood, online communities for our members to stay connected and find out about program opportunities for girls and volunteers. As more of our members join the conversation on Rallyhood, communication and collaboration between the Council, troop leaders, volunteers and parents will be better than ever!

    All these tools will improve communications and transform the way we support...

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  • Eastern Panhandle, WV Women of Distinction

    Know a volunteer doing great things in your community? Why not nominate her for the Women of Distinction award. This award is an opportunity to celebrate outstanding women in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and to foster awareness of the community initiatives provided by Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. Nominations are open to the public; businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to submit a nomination today! There are so many women who do great things in their lives and this is our chance to recognize their accomplishments in a very special way.

    The women selected to be a 2015 Girl Scout Woman of Distinction will be honored at a luncheon on October 14th, at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, WV. We look forward to honoring these women who have distinguished themselves as outstanding role models for girls and women through their achievements. 

    Find guidelines and the nomination form here




  • Girl Scouts First Maker Day

    The workforce demands skills in science, technology, engineering and math, and Girl Scouts is where girls can tinker and try their hands in creating innovation. Whether it’s a video game, a piece of furniture, or a robot, Girl Scout Makers like making things they’re excited about. Through making, girls learn creativity, innovation, and teamwork.  

    On April 25, 2015, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital held its first ever Maker Day.

    Over 40 Girl Scout troops from across the Council displayed projects showcasing their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math plus art) talents at interactive booths. More than 700 people attended Maker Day and learned from girls how to harness power from a potato, program a robot to do simple task, build a video game, make soap and cosmetics naturally and build a simple tool to pick up trash. Girls moved from the Maker Day exhibit hall to the Maker Center and created furniture and cool stuff out of cardboard boxes. They used code to program a robot watering a garden and created beats by programming language that connected virtual instruments.  

    At Maker Day, girls pushed boundaries, tested limits, and proved they have what it takes for a future in STEM. 

    See pictures from the event here

  • Made with Code

    Made with Code aims to change the way girls think about coding, and inspire them to consider careers in computer science. The program includes:

    • A new site where girls can try Blockly-based coding projects like growing a garden with a robot, learning to create animated GIFs, and even building beats for a music track.
    • A directory where volunteers, girls, and their parents can find additional coding resources and opportunities, such as camps and clubs.
    • Video profiles of girls and women who are using computer science in new and exciting ways.
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