Introducing engineering to Girl Scouts Conference

Schmahl, KE. (1996). Introducing engineering to Girl Scouts . 2043-2049.

cited authors

  • Schmahl, KE



  • One approach to attracting more young women to study engineering disciplines is to spark their interest in engineering early in their education (K-12). Several opportunities are available to introduce young women to engineering disciplines through alliance with local Girl Scouts of the USA councils. This paper describes the efforts of one such alliance and approach to introducing young women to engineering and technology. The Manufacturing Engineering Department at the School of Applied Science, Miami University and the Great Rivers Girl Scout Council in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area combined efforts to develop a program to introduce engineering to Girl Scout members. A team of senior engineering students, with the author and Girl Scout Council guidance, have developed the framework for a workshop focusing on engineering design activities and teamwork as well as technology applications. Activities were targeted to sixth, seventh and eighth graders and enable participants to earn Girl Scout recognitions (badges) related to science and technology.

publication date

  • December 1, 1996

start page

  • 2043

end page

  • 2049