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Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts using eclipse glasses during event

As part of a team led by the SETI Institute, the ASP — together with Girl Scouts of Northern California, Girl Scouts of the USA, University of Arizona, and Aires Scientific — are creating new space-science badges for all levels of Girl Scouts, from Daisies (Kindergarten and 1st Graders) through Ambassadors (11th and 12th Graders).

Girl Scouts earn badges by accomplishing challenges and taking part in outreach experiences. The ASP is helping to 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.

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 groups across the country. In addition, the ASP is in the process of researching, testing, and developing 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.