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The STEAM Center at Burnham Woods

At Girl Scouts – Diamonds, we take the important task of introducing STEM topics to girls to the next level with our focus on STEAM programming. Our STEAM Center events give girls hands-on opportunities to incorporate Art into 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 the STEAM Center manager, along with a STEAM activities leader and interns from the local university, who host STEAM-focused programs and badge workshops, as well as training for leaders.

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.

STEAM as a Program Focus

STEAM is a key program focus for Girl Scouts - Diamonds, and that focus is particularly strong at the ever-evolving 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, “okay-to-fail” environment. This increases girls’ confidence in their own abilities, enhances self-reflection and evaluation skills, and encourages positive social development.

Find STEAM programs and events

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.

From the Event List page, click the Advanced Search link. Select STEM from the By Category section. Click Search, then scroll to view all STEAM related programs.

Reservable Badge Workshops

Is there a specific STEAM Badge your troop wants to earn? Our STEAM Center staff is here to help!

Sign up for one of our Reservable Badge Workshops (search “Reservable Badge Workshop” on our Event List page to select a date). These workshops are open to one troop, or by agreement of multiple troops going together. Workshop content is level-specific and led by council staff. While only one badge and level may be selected, girls of all levels are welcome to register and participate.

Special thanks to ABB for sponsoring STEAM Center events for 2022!

FIRST LEGO Robotics

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) aims to inspire girls to become science and technology leaders. This mentor-based program is designed to inspire innovation, cultivate interest in STEM fields, and foster life skills (such as self-confidence, verbal communication and team-building).

 

About FIRST
Leader Information
Rules and Regulations
Season Timeline
FAQs
Team Application

For more information, contact Bonnie King at steam@girlscoutsdiamonds.org.

STEAM Center Partners and Donors

Girl Scouts - Diamonds is proud to collaborate with the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and other organizations to help bring high-quality STEAM based programming to girls of all ages.

​We'd also like to thank these generous supporters of our current STEAM Center project:

ABB (Baldor Electric Company Foundation)
Andrea Albright
Ash Grove Charitable Foundation
Baptist Health Urgent Care
Lindsey Barnes
Brown Family Foundation
Alline and Chloe C. Davis Charitable Foundation
Irene Dougan*
Elizabeth H. and Stanley E. Evans Charitable Foundation
First National Bank of Fort Smith
Kathleen Foster
Gerdau
Ken Harrison and Dawn Prasifka
William Thomas and May Pitman Hennessy Foundation
Larry and Niki Lawson
Maxwell Lyons
MAHG Architecture
MedExpress Urgent Care
John Neubauer
Joseph Norton
Oliver Charitable Corporation
Donnie Pendergraft
Carol Pratt
Darrell and Deborah Robinson
Scott Family Amazeum
Mary L. Sherman*
Cristy Sowell
Kristen Stevens
Sunderland Foundation
Rebecca Timmons
Walmart Foundation
Walmart Store #141
Walmart Store #388
Wells Fargo Foundation
Bennie Westphal
Whitaker Family Foundation
Women's Foundation Arkansas
WTS Arkansas

*deceased

Fun Patches

2022 STEAM Center fun patches

Collect all 5 patches by coming to more STEAM Center events! Check out the Events List page to find our next scheduled event.

ABB Girls in STEM

Get your girl or Girl Scout troop excited about STEM with this fun, hands-on patch program sponsored by ABB! Practice the Design Thinking Process by creating a paper circuit, a hydraulic piston robot, or an electromagnetic recycling-sorting machine.

Attend a STEAM Center event or register for a FREE supply kit HERE including a Troop Leader Guide, Girl Scout Workbook, and select supplies to complete this patch on your own. Kits will include your ABB patch.

Volunteer Resources

Need help getting started with STEM badges and Journeys? Check out our STEM Training Toolkit on the Volunteer Resources page.

​This toolkit contains a webinar that covers information on STEM programming, how to use VTK, advice on how to do a STEM badge with your troop, and you will learn how to successfully deliver badge activities.

​There are also activity videos to assist volunteers who want to lead their Daisies, Brownies and Juniors through the Coding Basics badge. The toolkit also contains a training guidebook for service unit volunteers who would like to lead a STEM badge training and Coding Basics badge training for their service unit. This toolkit focuses on the Daisy, Brownie and Junior Coding Basics badges but knowledge learned can be transferred to other STEM badges. 

STEM Badges and Journeys

Learn about all the STEM badges Girl Scouts can earn using the Badge and Award Explorer! Select STEM from dropdown list to see all STEM badges, or add in a grade level to see the STEM badges available for each Girl Scout age level.

STEAM Activities at Home

 

 


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