In the summer of 2013, the Killer Bees were approached by the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan with the goal to enrich the STEM program within the council area for elementary aged girls. The program department at GSSEM wanted to find an experience that could meet longer than just a single event to help build teamwork and troops, as well as to help girls earn badges that require more resources than a local troop would normally have. Girl Scouts had also recently partnered with Mattel, focusing on career paths for girls. GSSEM had some seed funding for these experiences and wanted to use their monies wisely. We knew that we couldn’t do this project alone, so we partnered with Team 469, The Robot Space and Oakland University. The Killer Bess worked with OU to build a STEM Career Day – You can Be Anything!
Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts were divided into 10 groups, with 15 other girls. Each of the groups was led by a FRC student who was known as a Group Leader. The Group Leaders had a plan for each station, a time frame and a group of Brownie Girl Scouts. At each station, there were Station Leaders who helped run each station for each of the groups. Another activity was to introduce the parents to the FIRST programs and concentration on Jr.FLL. The Girl Scouts provided the grant monies to get the teams started, and our event brought girls together, got them excited about STEM and then help them form a team and take on the Jr. FLL challenge. In this event, 14 Jr. FLL teams were formed in the Southeastern Michigan area, expanding far beyond our community!
Our plan for the day is available for other teams to use with their GS councils! STEM Be Anything Plan