Girl Scouts learn about ocean, space and environmental science

Photos courtesy of Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi

Girls from across the state, mainland and beyond had the chance to experience Hawaii’s multinational cultures while engaging in unique science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, activities at an event last month.

Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi held its first STEM Pacific Exploration Program July 7-13 at Camp Paumalū on the North Shore of Oʻahu.

“The Pacific Exploration in STEM program was the first international event held at the newly constructed STEM Center of Excellence at Camp Paumalū,” said Shari Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi, in a press release. “It was an exciting and busy week for the girls, who got hands-on experience in engineering, biology, astronomy, technology and cybersecurity through some really fun activities.”

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Camp activities included hiking, archery, snorkeling, drone building, surf lessons, and traditional Hawaiian farming. Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi has also partnered with organizations such as Oceanit, the University of Hawaiʻi School of Engineering, and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, introducing camp participants to a number of careers STEM and learning pathways available in the state.

Additionally, the girls were able to learn about Hawaiian culture by working with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Polynesian Cultural Center, participating in the Mālama ʻĀina Experience at Kualoa Ranch, and more.

Girl Scouts of Hawaii’s Pacific Exploration in STEM and other STEM-related programs seek to meet Hawaii’s current and future needs for STEM professionals. It is estimated that 80% of the jobs that will exist in five years do not exist today. With only 25% of STEM jobs in the United States being held by women, Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi has changed its programming to encourage girls to pursue careers in this rapidly growing industry.

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“By organizing events like this, we hope to stimulate girls’ interest in STEM subjects and encourage them to pursue STEM-related careers,” Chang said in the press release. “We are so honored that (Girl Scouts of the USA) and (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) have chosen Hawaiʻi as part of their international destination program for Girl Scouts around the world.”

Pacific Exploration in STEM is one of many Girl Scout destination programs that take Cadet, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts on adventures across the country and around the world.

To learn more about opportunities with Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi, click here or call 808-595-8400.

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