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Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts using eclipse glasses during event

The ASP is partnered on a NASA project to create new astronomy badges for Girl Scouts, connect them with their local astronomy clubs, and train amateur astronomers to make their outreach more girl-friendly.

Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors earn space science badges by accomplishing challenges and taking part in outreach experiences. The ASP is helping develop, test, and write the requirements for the new badges to engage 2.7 million Girl Scouts in NASA astronomy and space-science content. The first badges are expected to be unveiled in late 2018. In the meantime, we helped prepare the councils for the 2017 eclipse with eclipse activities.

The ASP is also in a unique position to connect adult Girl Scout volunteers to NASA’s Night Sky Network (NSN), a community comprised of hundreds of amateur astronomy clubs across the country. In anticipation of increased connections between the clubs and troops, the ASP is in the process of offering a training workshop for amateur astronomers called “Engaging Girls in Astronomy.” This workshop uses resources developed by the Girl Scout Research Institute and best practices developed by the Girl Scouts to enhance the outreach efforts of NSN amateur clubs and make them more gender inclusive. Refer to our Events page for training near you.

The ASP is part of a dynamic team led by the SETI Institute, together with Girl Scouts of Northern California, Girl Scouts of the USA, University of Arizona, and Aires Scientific under the NASA Cooperative Agreement No. NNX16AB90A.

Find out more about Reaching for the Stars NASA Science for Girl Scouts.