The STEAM Center at Burnham Woods
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The STEAM Center at Burnham Woods

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 as a Program Focus

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.

Benefits of STEM/STEAM

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


NEW! Girl Scouts at Home STEAM Fun activities! - New ones added each week!

For more fun activities, check our Girl Scouts at Home page, Camp page, and the GSUSA Girl Scouts at Home page.


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

To schedule your own program for your troop or for more information: email or call 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 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)
Ash Grove Charitable Foundation
Brown Family Foundation
Alline and Chloe C. Davis Charitable Foundation
Irene Dougan
Elizabeth H. and Stanley E. Evans Charitable Foundation
Ken Harrison and Dawn Prasifka
William Thomas and May Pitman Hennessy Foundation
Maxwell Lyons II
Donnie Pendergraft
Mary L. Sherman*
Kristen Stevens
Sunderland Foundation
Walmart Store #141
Walmart Store #388
Wells Fargo Foundation
Bennie Westphal
Whitaker Family Foundation


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: Art in the Outdoors, First Aid, Healthy Eating, Mechanical Engineering, Outdoor, Robotics, Citizen Science, Cybersecurity, Space Science

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

To schedule your own program for your troop or for more information: email or call 800-632-6894. A minimum of 5 girls is required to reserve a workshop.