St. Louis, MO – July 19 – Girl Scouts continue to explore the tech world by working on groundbreaking projects including building and coding robots. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri can provide more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities to girls throughout the area, helping them cultivate their passion.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri promotes STEM as one of its three programmatic focus areas, along with Money Management and Health. As part of its robust STEM curriculum, the organization currently supports 55 FIRST® robotic teams. Support from community partners such as the Monsanto Fund has helped Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri organize more robotics teams over the years; the program has grown tremendously since its launch in 2009 with only five teams.
“The Monsanto Fund has been a strong supporter of FIRST and STEM initiatives, especially those that encourage young women to be creative innovators,” said Michelle Insco, Monsanto Fund program officer. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri in this effort.”
Participating in FIRST provides Girl Scouts an opportunity to examine STEM fields and plays a huge role in transforming girls into G.I.R.Ls (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)TM.
Additionally, they can use their skills gained through the program to make the world a better place. Last year, members of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri FIRST team, The Blockheads, were invited to present at the White House Science Fair, impressing President Barack Obama with their recycling-themed project. A bit closer to home, Girl Scout Gold Awardee Theresa Meyer used her programming and leadership skills to start and organize a FIRST® Lego League Robotics team at St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School.
“We continue to be grateful for the Monsanto Fund’s investment in our Girl Scouts,” said Bonnie Barczykowski, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. “By introducing the challenges of constructing robots, they’re breaking out of their comfort zones, discovering new passions and building leadership skills.”
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at monsantofund.org.