By Girl Scout Cadette Taylor K.
If the Girl Scout Brownies at the Booz Allen Hamilton event were any reflection for the future, there will be a plentiful amount of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs. On November 30, Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) hosted a STEM-inspired event for 120 Girl Scout Brownies. They also shared their new book IMAGINE IT!, by Ellen Sabin, aimed for elementary school kids to try and get them interested in STEM.
Girls had the opportunity to travel to three different STEM-based stations. At one station, girls got to build a lava lamp with a half-filled water bottle, olive oil, Alka-Seltzer and food coloring. “I really liked the lava lamp station because we got to learn about bubbles and I liked to watch the tablet fizz and bubble,” said Abby, eight years old. At another station, the girls got to decode a secret message with lemon juice.
During the event the girls also discussed what they wanted to be when they grew up. Ava, eight years old, wanted to be the president and impose laws about no homework and free dessert, while, Amina, age eight, wants to be a doctor or dentist. Others wanted to be astronauts, engineers, marine biologists, authors, vets and much more. Girl Scout Brownie Noora was even writing a story about ballerinas and robots which shows the combination of STEM and other interests like dancing.
I got to interview three powerful women at BAH: Susan Penfield, the company’s chief innovation officer, Betty Thompson, the chief personnel officer, and Kim Lynch, a senior vice president. All believe and advocate strongly for female roles in STEM fields, where they said women still don’t hold enough jobs. They also mentioned the importance of women working together to help motivate one another and not give up. That is one of the reasons that they wrote the book IMAGINE IT! with Ellen Sabin. “I hope that the book will help inspire elementary school kids like eight, nine and ten-year-olds to get into STEM and enter a STEM job one day,” Penfield said. I hope the group of girls at the event represents the future of women in STEM jobs and can inspire others to get interested.
About the Author
Taylor K. is an eighth-grade Girl Scout Cadette from Washington, DC and a member of Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital’s G.I.R.L. Squad. Learn more about the G.I.R.L. Squad by visiting our website.