Seattle — In November 2017, the Girl Scouts of the USA announced a national initiative to reduce the gender gap in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by 2025.
Mai-Linh Tran is a current UW student and Girl Scout who recognized the need for more girls to be engaged in STEM and created two robotics teams at Newcastle Elementary School, one of which was an all-girls team. She brought in female leaders and role models as mentors and guided the robotics teams herself. Mai-Linh's efforts earned her a Gold Award for her project, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
Mai-Lihn, along with 13- and 14-year old Girl Scout sisters, Sofia and Catalina Blanco, describe their experiences with robotics and show us examples of some of their projects.
The Girl Scouts are committed to bringing STEM opportunities to more girls, and currently offer science workshops, a Makerspace in Georgetown where girls can build circuit boards, design products on a computer, and bring them to life through 3-D printing, and the robotics program.