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Girls Go to Mars

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Girls Go to Mars builds on existing Girl Scout science, math, and technology projects by focusing on the theme of Mars exploration and MAVEN science. (Courtesy SETI Institute)

Girls Go to Mars targets an underrepresented audience in science—especially in the physical sciences: girls. The project builds on existing Girl Scout science, math, and technology projects by focusing on the theme of Mars exploration and the science of MAVEN. This new addition to the Girl Scouts arsenal is designed to increase girls’ and adults’ understanding of and interest in solar system exploration in general, and Mars specifically. The project will also provide opportunities for girls to discover diverse career options.

The Girls Go to Mars project includes a kit that teaches Girl Scouts about MAVEN-related Mars science. We expect the kit to be available at conferences and to download electronically in early 2015. When Girl Scouts finish the kit activities and requirements, they will have fulfilled the requirements for a new Technical Badge. The project also includes training for troop leaders via workshops and webinars.

For more information about the project, or if you would like to add your name to our troop leader professional development distribution list, please email epomail@lasp.colorado.edu with “Girls Go to Mars inquiry” in the subject line.