On a snowy President’s Day, thirty-one Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors joined Exelon employees to learn about several types of renewable energy and the incredible career opportunities in the field. Girls built windmills, watched videos of different career stories, learned how nuclear energy works, and spoke with a panel of four professionals, including engineers, a communications director, and an intern.
The girls enjoyed watching informational videos and learning about various career paths in renewable energy. Several girls noted that they learned about careers they did not know existed before. “It was very informative and interesting,” one girl said. “I actually learned something new,” said another.
As many companies work towards investing in renewable energy and lowering their carbon emissions, this program was incredibly relevant to the direction energy is taking. Girls were able to engage with women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) in the career panel and hear their inspiring stories.
One panelist graduated from the same high school that a few girls are currently attending, so they connected over education as well. One girl even reached out for a further conversation with the panelist!
As part of Kellogg’s commitment to creating Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030 and inspire healthier eating habits in children, the company is partnering with Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) to create 5,000 specialty Wellbeing Boxes, filled with fun activities and information focused on educating and nurturing your physical, emotional, and societal wellbeing.
Our Spark Day programs are special opportunities for Girl Scouts to take a leap and explore the future with professionals at the top of their fields of expertise. From STEAM programming to career development, Girl Scouts learn the essential steps to take their ideas beyond their daydreams.
More than 30 Girl Scouts from Juniors to Cadettes made the most of their President’s Day off and gathered virtually to learn from MetLife employees about career development, careers paths, and get ahead of the game on resume-writing.
Perfecting the Elevator Pitch
The session began with a robust panel discussion by MetLife employees, and provided a space for girls to ask questions about their career paths, schooling, and other areas of interest. After the panel discussion, girls broke into small groups to tackle a wide variety of activities, including resume writing, elevator pitches, mock accident investigations, and finding out their own “personality color!” The girls were also given the resources to continue practicing these activities in their free time.
Two volunteers reflected on the event: “Working with young women who are passionate about learning and had great questions made my entire pandemic year! I truly enjoyed it!”
“This event was truly rewarding! To engage with our future leaders and provide a positive, impactful experience geared at making a difference in their lives makes my heart smile. I am better for having participated in the Spark Day event.”
Thank you to MetLife and their volunteers for running this amazing and creative Spark Day; these girls are now equipped with even more skills they need to achieve their biggest aspirations!
People skills, creativity, and analytical thinking: these are three skills Girl Scouts have in spades. In the world of investment management and financial services, those three qualities come in handy. Cadettes and Juniors from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) had the awesome opportunity to develop these skills and connect with LGIM America (Legal and General Investment Management of America) to explore the world of the client services industry.
Girls curious about computers, working with people, and managing money virtually gathered on Jan. 14 to get an extra-special look directly into the world of financial services! The girls got a taste of many different career fields through a Q&A with members of every department. Participants also got to play the market like LGIM America professionals and test out their skills to see who could make the most revenue in the virtual world.
Here’s what some of these LGIM America Professionals had to say about the day:
“Participating in the Girl Scouts Career Day was an incredibly rewarding experience. The girls were all friendly, bright, and engaging. It was great seeing the gears turn in their heads as some made investment decisions. All of the girls are setting themselves up for success!” – Jillian Johnson
“It was great having the Girl Scouts at LGIMA. It was exciting to explore the world of asset management with them.” – Alejandro Sepulveda
“We were thrilled to host the Girl Scouts and happy to see how engaged they were with the stock-picking game. We hope they had fun and learned something new!” – Emma Cameron
Thank you so much to LGIM America for partnering with us to provide this very special program for our girls!
Interested in more STEAM opportunities?
Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to join us on Feb. 15 to meet with the employees of Exelon to learn about renewable energy, play games, and take a crack at building windmills!
This is a great opportunity to learn all about the many careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and engage in a hands-on challenge!
This summer, the fun of connecting with others, exploring new things, and receiving snail mail combine to create a one-of-a-kind virtual experience for girls! It’s camp, reimagined… it’s Summer Camp Revamp!
How it Works
Summer Camp Revamp offers six themed, virtual camp sessions led by our council teams and older Girl Scouts. Join us for all six, or pick-and-choose the weeks that you like best!
Each week girls will get 10+ hours of fun-filled activities through online meetings, video, and a printable activity packet for on-your-own exploration.
While activities are geared toward girls entering grades 2-8 this fall, girls in grades K-1 are welcome but may need additional parent/guardian assistance.
Older girls (grades 9-12) are welcome to join-in on weekly activities with younger girls. If you are an older girl or Counselor in Training interested in helping out with Summer Camp Revamp programs, let us know by June 29 »
Camp Supplies Delivered to Your Doorstep
Don’t feel like going to the store? Not a problem!
Each week you can add an optional activity kit that is FULL of things to enhance your experience, plus a few fun surprises! You can also order a general supply pack with materials you’ll use all summer. Learn more »
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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GCNWI) acted quickly to pivot from live, in-person programs, and events to an all-virtual platform this spring. Cross-functional teams aligned themed programming using online activity guides, webinars, and Zoom meetings.
Girls and their families jumped into this new programming format to enhance online schooling and to fill the void left without extracurricular activities.
One such program, provided by Girl Scouts GCNWI, used data from polls and surveys to curate a virtual experience that connects middle school and high school girls with professionals. Each Monday, Career Conversations feature 2-3 adults from a specified career field who share their insights and career paths with Girl Scouts and yield questions via Zoom.
Experts consist of Girl Scout volunteers, partners, and members of the Associate Board. Professionals typically volunteer to support badgework with Girl Scout troops in person, however with the current pandemic, the experts share their knowledge and insights virtually—no travel required!
Career Conversations launched with a focus on STEM careers and presenters included forensic fire scientist-Suzy Smith, civil engineer-Elizabeth Ottman, and architect-Jaclyn Marcus.
The second week featured other valuable Girl Scout partners in the fine arts profession. Adam Rudman, co-owner/writer/producer of Spiffy Pictures Inc. shared his career path as a writer for Sesame Street, Tom & Jerry, and other productions and how it led him to co-create, write and produce Nature Cat on WTTW.
Chelsea Hoy, Associate Artistic Director at the Trinity Irish Dance Company, explained to the girls how she uses her passion to empower children through the arts. Since its inception, Trinity Irish Dance Company has celebrated the strength, poise, and resilience of young female artists, consistently presenting males and females on equal footing. Through intentional casting, choreography, and costumes, they utilize their artistic platform to denounce the objectification of women.
Sarah Aronson, writing coach, teacher, and author of scholastic series, The Wish List, completed the panel. When Sarah is not writing or reading, she is talking to readers about creativity, writing, and of course, sparkle power!
Recent Career Conversations have included additional partners and experts including, US Navy Engineer- Erynne Bryd, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Laura Nolan, Attorney and Chief of Staff with the Chicago Transit Authority- April Morgan, Retail Buyer for GAP brands- Nancy Brandes, and Project Manager for Stericycle-Devyn Manshot.
Career Conversations are running through June 22 with an upcoming focus on cooking and animal careers. The popular series will resume in mid-July and run on Monday afternoons through mid-August. Specific career topics are being determined and will be posted on our activities schedule soon.
Are you an industry professional looking to speak at a Career Conversation with Girl Scouts? Visit HERE for more details!
Today isn’t just any Earth Day–– it is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! First celebrated and founded by Gaylord Nelson in 1970, the day was meant to increase climate awareness and create a movement that focused on environmental protection. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in streets, parks, and auditoriums in order to fight against pollution that contributed oil spills, pollution from factories and power plants, toxic dumps, pesticides, extinction of wildlife, and loss of wilderness.
Today, millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day by taking action, advocating, and learning how to help the Earth! We invite you to join in with the millions of other people and join in on the celebration–– and we have plenty for you to do.
Let’s Play Earth Day Bingo!
Looking for ideas on how to celebrate the occasion? Look no further! We have two Bingo cards for you, each with 25 items, totaling 50 activities and ways you can celebrate Earth Day not just today but EVERY day!
The “Earth” card has fun activities you can do while celebrating our lovely planet, and the “Day 50” card has ideas for lifestyle changes you can adopt into your everyday routines. When you put the two cards together, they read “Earth Day 50”!
Begin by selecting either card and completing activities to get five in a row. If you’re up for the challenge, see how many “Bingos” you can make! Can you do all the activities on one card?
Even if you’re able to complete just a few activities here and there and don’t quite get a Bingo, that’s totally OK! We encourage you to do your best and have fun with it. One small act can have a huge impact.
Save the planet while you save some energy! Earn your Save Our Energy Patch. For this patch, you will focus on what action we can do individually to slow climate change. When each of us does our part to save electricity and water at home, together we make a significant difference in reducing our carbon footprint.
How to Complete Earth Day Bingo Activities
We have put together a few resources for completing many of the Earth Day Bingo activities. First, download the activity packet that walks you through step-by-step instructions for some things you can do!
We are so excited to see what lifestyle changes you make or are planning to incorporate into your life! We would love for you to share your photos and ideas with us so we can see how our Girl Scout community is helping the earth. For the photos that you share, we ask that you write down the lifestyle change you made on a sign and pose with it while you’re in action. Be creative with your photos, and make sure your sign is visible!
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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana sponsors LEGO Robotics teams to compete in competitions. We have offered a LEGO Robotics program since 2008, and we now support 27 teams each year, impacting 100+ girls annually.
In the 2018 season, GCNWI had 25 teams, including five rookie teams! Five of our veteran teams advanced to state championship tournaments.
Veteran Teams Advance to State!
The Indiana GCNWI team, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Robot, competed in one of the many robotics competitions that took place in November and qualified for the state championship. At state, they were awarded the first-place award for Robot Strategy & Innovation as well as received a trophy for excellence in Robot programming.
Now that the season has ended, our girls are working on their Silver Award and have decided to sponsor a toothbrush drive for less fortunate members of our community. Their experience at the state competition, also led them to create a long-term strategy to pass the team on to younger girls.
The Super Bots competed at the state qualifiers for the fourth year in a row and swept away the competition, earning 212 points on their first table run. They earned the Tournament Champion award and qualified them to also compete at state level in January. They received the award for “Excellence in Robot Design.” These girls were one of the teams invited to tournaments in Turkey and Australia, which is a wonderful recognition!
TeamRadioactiveis small but mighty! They managed to capture the Championship trophy and advance to the state finals at the Vernon Hills qualifier in December. At the state championship in January, these ladies took home the “Gracious Professionalism” award, which was well deserved.
The Cybourg T.U.R.T.L.E.S. are fascinated by space exploration. Their initiative impressed the judges when they presented a 50+ question personality survey about Mars readiness, and this earned them the Project Award. They also advanced to state, where they made their best table runs of the season.
Rookie Teams Also Earned Recognition
Funding from BNY Mellon helped make it possible to add five new teams to our robotics programs!
Rookie team Holmes Hawks competed at their first qualifier in December. The team worked collaboratively to complete the competition’s course, and while they did not place, it never diminished their enthusiasm. The demonstrated exceptional problem-solving skills, collaborating and hypothesizing on how to run their mission. Their persistence and optimism earned them the “Rookie Award” for the competition, and they are excited to compete again next year. They plan to complete five missions!
Another rookie team, the Slimemaniacs, qualified for state on their first attempt! They also earned the award for Core Values. At the state championship tournament the girls won the “Rookie Award”!
The Girl Scouts GCNWI LEGO program is in partnership with FIRST Robotics. You can be a part of the excitement! Applications open annually in May to participate in the following season.
We are looking for teams of Girl Scouts, who have between 2 – 10 participants, two team leaders, and are willing to dedicate 1 – 2 hours per week on LEGO Robotics from September through December. Girl Scouts participating do not necessarily need to be from the same troop.
As a part of a FIRST LEGO Robotics team within Girl Scouts GCNWI, teams will:
Design, build, test, and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS ® technology;
Apply real-world math and science concepts;
Research challenges facing today’s scientists;
Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills;
Participate in team meetings, tournaments, and celebrations.
On President’s Day 2019, Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana explored careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) with presenting sponsors Deloitte, Molex, and Intren, and at other programs hosted by Groupon and NiSource.
Read on for highlights from each Career Day event which helped inspire and lead girls on greater paths within STEAM.
Girl Scouts Learn Business Chemistry at Deloitte
Deloitte hosted Girl Scouts for an Introduction to Business Chemistry and Women in the Workplace! Girls that participated in the day discussed resiliency, networking and self-promotion and learned about how their own personality types interact best with others through Deloitte’s Business Chemistry program.
Girl Scouts Networked with Women in Electronics STEM Fields
The Connect with STEAM was a Career Day style event coordinated by both our local Girl Scouts organization and the Molex WBC. Molex welcomed a record 40+ girls, 10 parents/troop leaders, and 20 Molex volunteers! The Girl Scouts were split into three groups and rotated through three activities:
An engineering focused build a circuit activity;
A team building/manufacturing focused activity where the girls built and tested paper airplanes;
A coding focused activity where the girls learned the basic concepts of writing and reading code.
They finished the day with a question and answer panel featuring five ladies from Molex with STEM related careers in Accounting, Engineering, IT, Pricing, etc.
One Girl Scout facilitator noted, “The girls were fired up by the keynote speaker, and enjoyed the squishy circuits, the airplane assembly lines, the robot activity, and the inspiring career panel at the end. It was a great opportunity for girls to engage with hands-on activities and many inspiring women.”
Girl Scouts Explore Energy at Intren
Intren’s Girl Scouts Career Day, “Explore Energy with Intren,” inspired Girl Scouts interested in joining the fast-growing energy industry which is currently male-dominated.
Girls built an electrical circuit, got up close and personal with the hefty machinery used to build utilities groundwork, and met and networked with women in the STEM field. The girls had a great time engaging with women in the industry and loved having their eyes open to new possibilities!
Girl Scouts Explore Engineering at Groupon
Groupon hosted “Scout Out Engineering at Groupon.” The girls worked with circuit boards and participated in coding activities, as well as exploring the offices with a scavenger hunt.
One Girl Scout parent told us, “The girls loved the program and loved meeting so many volunteers and [Girl] Scouts from other troops! It was a really special program and we hope that such a program continues to flourish.
“In speaking with the girls on the way home after the event, the girls talked endlessly about being at Groupon, and building circuits (both the frustration of building, the thrill of perseverance and in successfully seeing the light illuminate). They also commented on how great it was the circuit boards like that don’t need to be built anymore and how great new technology is (and clearly why circuit boards like the one they were building aren’t used anymore because of the fickle nature of the connections and board).”
Girl Scouts Introduced to Engineering at NiSource
NiSource hosted another one of their recurring and successful “NIPSCO Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day!” Girl Scouts has an insightful safety demonstration, participated in a Q&A panel with women, and competed in an engineering challenge!
The Girl Scouts were able to learn about the potential for careers in engineering while having fun experiencing new and exciting things about STEM!
Learn more about STEM
Girl Scouts GCNWI hosts a multitude of STEM Career Day Exploration programs on school “off” days (such as President’s Day, Columbus Day, and MLK Day). Keep your eyes peeled for our 2019-2020 programs which will be announced this fall!
Girl Scouts can explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) at these upcoming GCNWI Programs, with presenting sponsors Deloitte, Molex and Intren!
Chemistry for Success at Deloitte
Monday Feb. 18 | 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Deloitte Offices, 111 S Wacker Drive, Floor 27, Chicago, IL 60606
Open to Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 8 – 12) Cost: $1 – Includes fun patch
Have you ever been curious as to how your personality gels with someone else’s? Join us for this Career Day with Deloitte where girls will learn about Business Chemistry and how their own personality types enable them to team with others. Discuss topics with women in business like: how to speak with confidence, increase resilience, and engage in Moments that Matter. Giveaways and fun patch included.
Open to Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6 -12) Cost: $5 – Includes fun patch and lunch
Do you have an interest in engineering and manufacturing? Experience all aspects of these fields at Molex with Build-A-Switch and Airplane engineering activities. Attendees will also experience a Q&A panel with Molex STEM women, plus a free lunch!
Monday, Feb. 18 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Intren Offices, 3528 Martens St., Franklin Park, IL 60131
Open to Cadettes and Juniors (Grades 4 – 8) Cost: $5 – Includes fun patch and snacks.
Will you be one of the trailblazing women who will join the fast-growing, currently male-dominated energy industry? Energy is something we often take for granted, but what does it actually take to keep everything humming along? And how do women fit into the mix? Come explore Intren for day to find out how women are changing the energy industry and taking the lead – you could be next! Founded over 30 years ago by a female entrepreneur, Intren is now a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.
At Intren, you will:
Build an electrical circuit to see how electricity works
Get up close and personal with the hefty machinery used to build utilities groundwork
Play a game to learn about safety in the field
Meet accomplished women working throughout Intren in all areas of the business, including technology, HR and finance
Mar. 23, 2019, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. | All Ages GCNWI Friendship Center, 5100 Sunset Ln., Country Club Hills, IL 60478 $20 registration per girl includes a fun patch and swag | $10 per adult
The 8th annual STEMapalooza Science Expo is back! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to join us on March 23 for this one-of-a-kind event!
At STEMapalooza, you’ll get to dive in to fun, hands-on STEM activities and tour the exhibit hall to learn more about museums and organizations with careers in STEM from across Chicagoland! Throughout the day there will be live science shows and demonstrations!
American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Nuclear Society (ANS) Argonne Clarity Insight CodeNinjas Codinu Codeverse ComEd Comptia Conservation Foundation Constructing Opportunity Dunes Learning Center Exelon Feed My Starving Children Field Museum FM Global Forest Preserve District of Will County Forest Preserves of Cook County Illinois Institute of Transportation Engineers MakerGirl Museum of Surgical Science NASA Nicor Nisource Oriental Institute Polyform REIMAGE Beauty ReptileFest Scitech Museum Shedd Aquarium Skender Southworks MakerLab The Super Bots FLL Team Women in Technology and Manufacturing WTTW
Current as of Mar. 4, 2019
STEMapalooza After Party
Exclusively for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 6 – 12)
At the STEMapalooza After Party—which is exclusive to older Girl Scouts— you’ll meet inspiring women CEOs and entrepreneurs who turned their passions into professions.
Girls will learn the amazing stories of successful women in STEM, then interact with the presenters and other Girl Scouts in small groups. Refreshments will be served.
After Party Presenters
Katy Lynch, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Codeverse, the world’s first fully interactive coding school for kids, which was founded on the mission to teach one billion children to code.
Sonali Lamba, Founder of Brideside, an ecommerce business for bridesmaids dresses. Sonali works with the merchandise team to design the dress collection, and the technology team to create tools for the customer to help make this experience feel special.
Sakina Fakhruddin, Founder and CEO of Codinu which provides kids with a fun, collaborative, and all-inclusive classroom environment to learn coding.
Jamila Parham, founder of The Tech Unicorn™ a brand that is on a mission to create opportunities for women and minorities by educating, breaking down barriers and providing access to resources through mentorship, personal & professional development programs.
Nicole Yeary, founder and CEO of Ms.Tech CO, a company that encourages women to develop entrepreneurial management thinking, educated risk taking,creative problem solving, and inspirational, supportive leadership for their teams, organizations,and companies.
Don’t miss your opportunity to speak with some incredible women in STEM! You don’t have to attend STEMapalooza to join the after party.