Ready for Takeoff: Girl Scouts and Space Science
On July 24, 2019, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) held a congressional briefing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing and share how Girl Scouts is committed to ensuring every girl has the chance to explore and build interest in space science. Cole Grissom, senior manager of digital content strategy at GSUSA; Pamela Harman, director of education at the SETI Institute; and Sydne Jenkins, Girl Scout Ambassador and Girl Scout Space Academy alum, participated in a panel discussion about the importance of fostering girls interest in STEM at an early age. The panelists also discussed the new out-of-this-world Space Science badges offered by Girl Scouts. The briefing featured additional remarks from House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX); Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK); and Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee Chair (and Gold Award Girl Scout!) Kendra Horn (D-OK).