Girl Scout Engineering Day

Every year, SWE hosts Girl Scout Engineering Day, a half-day outreach event for Girl Scouts Juniors where participants are exposed to different areas of STEM. This year’s theme is “Calling All Explorers!” On November 14, Girl Scout Juniors will have an opportunity to join a Zoom call with SWE members to work together on experiments relating to the exploration of uninhabited Earth-like planets. There will also be a panel discussion to enable Girl Scouts to ask questions and learn about the cool things SWE members are doing with their STEM education. Adult supervision during the activity portion is highly recommended. 

Participants may choose to receive a box containing supplies for the experiments or choose to assemble all the supplies themselves. We suggest one box of supplies per Girl Scout. Scroll down to see what supplies will be provided in the box and what supplies participants will need to assemble for themselves. The deadline to register to receive a box of supplies is Tuesday, October 27. If you are assembling your own supplies, registration will remain open until Tuesday, November 10. All participants will receive a patch for this event. 

If you would like to receive a box use this registration link: 

If you would rather assemble your own supplies, use this link:

What will be in the box:

  • Paper (in both small strips and long strips)
  • Plastic Straws (at least 15)
  • Ruler
  • 1 Clear jar (mason jar, empty peanut butter jar, or Tupperware could all work)
  • Food coloring
  • Smallish cardboard box (about the size of a shoebox)
  • 2 paper or plastic cups (paper is suggested)
  • Water based marker (more colors will be more fun, but you really only need one)
  • String
  • 4 paper clips (at least 2 of them need to be large)
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • White coffee filters (at least 5)
  • Balloon

All participants will be expected to provide:

  • Scissors
  • Tape (scotch, masking, or packaging tape would all work well)
  • Water 
  • Dirty water (this can come from a pond or stream, or just tap water with a handful of dirt)
  • Coffee mug or other container that can withstand heat
  • Spoon
  • Small weights (marbles, pennies, gravel, or something similar would work well)
  • Two relatively sturdy things of equal height you could move around a room (two chairs, a chair and a table, etc)
  • Questions to ask SWE volunteers about science and engineering

GSED in the News!

 See the Activities the Girl Scouts Enjoyed:

Girl Scout Engineering Day prepares participants to:

  • Define introductory science, engineering, and mathematics concepts
  • Demonstrate their interest in STEM with continued active engagement in STEM-type classes, and extracurricular activities
  • Apply their learning to future hands-on experiences to complete the Girl Scout STEM badge


    Poster by Kate Spencer

    Quotes from the 2019 Post-Event Parent Survey:

    “She keeps talking about it and wants to do something about engineering for her passion project at school this year”

    “All 4 of my girls were using multiple terms they learned CORRECTLY in telling parents what they learned and loved.”

    “My Girl Scout was happy to share her experience to all who would listen.  She enjoyed all the stations and learned about radio waves, statistics and how she counted and made a graph, about designing and creating the container for the egg drop and filtration system.  She really understood each station’s concept.”

    “That School of Mines is now an option for her because she met so many smart and friendly women in science.”

    “She learned there is a much wider range of different types of engineering activities and fields than she realized :)”

    “She came home and we started making paper airplanes. She was inspired! It was really great and loved seeing her excited about STEM activities. “

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