Women In Aerospace support Girl Scouts with donation for STEM

Online Staff Report

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) recently received a $1,065 donation from Women In Aerospace (WIA), Rockford, a UTC Aerospace Systems employee resource group. WIA chose GSNI to receive the donation as a local organization aligned with the WIA’s core mission and vision. GSNI plans to use the donation to support local programming for Girl Scouts interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

GSNI introduces girls of every age to STEM experiences relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering how a car’s engine runs, how to manage finances, or exploring careers in STEM fields, girls are fast-forwarding into the future. Girl Scouts’ approach to STEM is unique because all experiences are framed within the context of leadership. As girls participate in Girl Scouting, they develop leadership skills to make the world a better place. Research shows girls are more interested in STEM careers when they know how their work can help others.

Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek challenges. The organization’s distinctive girl-led process encourages girls to decide which STEM topics they want to explore and empower them to go about it in their own way.

GSNI serves more than 17,000 girls and 4,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties.

For more about how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSNI, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call 1-800-242-5591.

Posted Oct. 9, 2014

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