Since becoming a leader with our locals Girl Scouts, there are two things I’ve learned to be true: it is a LOT of work, but it is also VERY rewarding.
Two years ago, my daughter desperately wanted to join Girl Scouts. When I signed her up with our local group, there wasn’t an existing Daisy troop. This also meant there was no leader for her age group. This was the only reason I volunteered. Gradually, as the school year went on, another, more experienced, parent joined as a leader. Spending time with my daughter and helping her make new friends is why I stayed on as a volunteer.
I Love Teaching STEM To Our Girl Scouts
One of my favorite things to teach my girls is literally anything that is STEM related. Did you know that jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields will expand faster than non-STEM jobs, growing to more than 9 million by 2022? It’s important that our girls learn about the cool jobs that will be available to them when they grow up, especially since less than half of students in grades 4-12 are proficient in math.
Girl Scouts have greatly increased the number of STEM-related patches that girls can earn. They’ve incorporated STEM into the girls’ journeys as Girl Scouts, as well, for every single age group. Girl Scouts have also developed more programs and partnerships with companies like AT&T and the National Science Foundation.
Even though our girls are only in 1st and 2nd grade, my goal was to make STEM learning and STEM-based activities fun and easy for them – thanks to the folks at Ozobot, I was successful!
How We Used Ozobot For Girl Scouts
There are so many ways in which STEM Programs benefit Girl Scouts. We needed an easy and fun way to introduce STEM and help our young girls earn their Robotics Patch without overwhelming or frustrating them.
Girl Scouts provides its leaders with a plethora of resources and ideas on how to help girls earn their patches, but many of these patches – especially STEM-related ones – are still new so there aren’t many “cheats” out there yet.
Ozobot Evo is a social coding robot that allowed our girls to code their robots using colored markers instead of complicated computer coding. Evo can also be programmed using a free downloadable app, and we all know how great our kids are with devices!
Amazing Ozobot Evo Teaching Resources At Your Fingertips
When our troop was sent the Ozobot Evo, they also sent us resources that were invaluable.
With our Evo arrived the Evo Experience Pack that showed our Girl Scouts how to be a Master Coder using colored markers. This step-by-step pack taught us and the girls how to program and reset our Evo in the most simple way possible so that our 1st and 2nd graders understood.
Once the basics are learned, even older girls (and Boy Scouts!) can get as advanced as they’d like when it comes to programming robots.
Ozobot also has games for Evo, both printable and for the app, that the girls just LOVED!
Ozobot’s education materials don’t stop there! They’ve featured a special series called Hour of Code, they have easy to follow tutorials, a classroom kit, and more. Their blog even features stories of teachers who have used Ozobot to inspire and teach kids across the Nation!
Teaching our girls about robots using the Ozobot Evo was the most fun either of us have had learning, that’s for sure. And, I’ve already seen quite a few Girl Scouts chapters add Ozobots to their learning arsenal.
Thanks so much to the folks at Ozobot for sending our troop our Evo robots. We’ve since donated them to our local chapter so that other Girl Scout troops can utilize them to earn their robot patches!