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At Girl Scouts – Diamonds, we take the increasingly important task of sharing and introducing STEM topics to girls to the next level with our focus on STEAM incorporating Art into the topics of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The STEAM Center at Burnham Woods is located at the Girl Scouts – Diamonds Midwest Region property in Fort Smith and is a place where girls can discover and explore their STEAM passions through hands-on, learning-by-doing activities in a girl-focused, girl-led environment. The STEAM Center is led by a STEAM specialist who hosts STEAM-focused programs and badge workshops, as well as training for leaders.

STEAM is a key program focus for Girl Scouts - Diamonds, and that focus is particularly strong at the newly enhanced space at Burnham Woods. Girl Scouting introduces girls of all ages to STEAM activities that help develop their creativity and hone their critical thinking skills. Whether it’s building a robot, learning to code, or conducting electrical experiments, we are helping girls move into a future that is constantly changing and evolving. Like all Girl Scout programs, STEAM activities offer girls the opportunity to explore and learn in a safe, peer-supportive, “ok-to-fail” environment. This increases girls’ confidence in their own abilities and encourages positive social development.

When girls participate in Girl Scout STEM programs, they benefit in four important ways:

 STEM Interest
Girls are excited about STEM subjects and want to learn more about them.

 STEM Confidence
Girls have confidence in their STEM skills and abilities.

 STEM Competence
Girls think scientifically to solve problems.

 STEM Value
Girls learn the importance and relevance of STEM to people and society.

Four Ways Girl Scouts Builds Girl Leaders in STEM

Find STEAM programs and events
From the Event List page, click the Advanced Search link. Scroll down a bit and select STEAM from the By Category section. Click Search, then scroll to view all STEAM related programs

For more information email STEAM Specialist Emily Riggs or call 1-800-632-6894.

The STEAM Center at Burnham Woods is located on the campus of our Midwest Regional Office at 5705 Gordon Lane, Fort Smith AR 72903. Map

Ongoing STEAM Programming

A variety of programming and events happens on a regular basis at the STEAM Center, focused in the areas of robotics, engineering, computer science and outdoor/citizen science. Registration is required to attend STEAM Center programs and typically closes on the Monday before the event.

Find STEAM programs and events
From the Event List page, click the Advanced Search link. Scroll down a bit and select STEAM from the By Category section. Click Search, then scroll to view all STEAM related programs

 

STEAM Center Partners

Girl Scouts - Diamonds is proud to collaborate with many organizations to help bring high-quality STEAM based programming to girls of all ages.

Current STEAM Center/ Girl Scouts – Diamonds partners include:

Women’s Foundation of Arkansas
Arkansas Discovery Network
U of A Fort Smith

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Schedule Custom Badge Workshops

Our STEAM Specialist is available to do hands-on badge workshops during the week or on weekends when the STEAM Center is not already in use. Some examples of badges that can be earned are:

Daisy - Buddy Camper, Board Game Design Challenge, Model Car Design Challenge, Roller Coaster Design Challenge, Outdoor Art Maker, What Robots Do, How Robots Move and Design a Robot

All Levels by Category: Adventure, Animals, Art in the Outdoors, Artist, Athlete, Cook, Craft, Creative Play, Digital Arts, Do it Yourself, First Aid, Healthy Eating, Innovation, Investigation, Mechanical Engineering, Outdoor Explorer, Outdoor, Robotics and Science and Technology

Troop leader workshops are also available for four or more leaders who need guidance on how to go through the new STEM based journeys or on how to do a STEM based badge workshop.

Contact Emily Riggs at eriggs@girlscoutsdiamonds.org or 800-632-6894 x 4013 to schedule a specially designed badge workshop for your group. A minimum of 5 girls is required to reserve a workshop.