In 2016, the Air Force Research Lab’s Gaming Research Integration for Learning Laboratory® (GRILL®) partnered with the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio to create a patch that would encourage girls to pursue a field of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The goal of the patch is to get girls excited about what they can do with computers and give them the confidence and resources to continue their learning. Through this patch, girls will see that they can be the female role models for the next generation. The activities vary by troop level, with older troops doing more complicated tasks. The program starts with Brownies and continues through Ambassadors with each level having their own set of instructions to complete. All levels are designed to require no experience. Some of the levels include an “unplugged” option for participants with little to no access to technology and utilize apps for those who rely on tablets and smartphones. The program is divided into three sections—Discover, Connect, and Take Action. Each section has different activity options based on different levels of technology access and topics covered.
Brownies: Grades 2-3
Learn about basic programming logic through videos or a worksheet and then use your new knowledge to make or play a game.
Juniors: Grades 4-5
Learn about programming logic and then apply your new knowledge to make a craft, virtual aquarium, game, or music video.
Cadettes: Grades 6-7
Learn about programming logic or 3D modeling and then use your new knowledge to make an interactive project or a model you can show your friends.
Seniors: Grades 9-10
Learn about 3D modeling or beginner level Java programming and apply that knowledge to a project that you can keep and add to on your own.
Ambassadors: 11th and 12th Grade
Learn about 3D modeling or Java programming and apply that knowledge to a project that can be expanded.
Learn about 3D modeling or Java programming.
Supplemental materials for Troop Leaders