Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Girls Scout Troops of America hosted a group of 60 Girls Scouts, ages 9 to 11, on April 18 for the Girls Scouts Discover STEM event, which included volunteers from the Society of Women Engineers, the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook, Women in Computer Science, Women in Science and Engineering, Theta Tau, Alpha Omega Epsilon and Morgan Stanley.
The Girl Scouts earned their Entertainment Technology Badge by creating an animated doodle flip book, making 3D glasses, building a model roller coaster to evaluate speed and science, making an interactive video game, and creating a ringtone. The group also learned HTML programming, toured Stony Brook University’s Innovation Lab and observed 3D printing demonstrations.
This event is one of many that support Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.’s continued effort to increase diversity in the STEM pipeline. STEM jobs are growing at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs, and right now, women account for just 12 percent of computer science graduates. STEM degree holders earn higher salaries, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.