Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming receives FIRST STEM Equity Grant

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming announced it received a grant from FIRST – the national STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) advocacy nonprofit – to create access to hands-on STEM learning experiences for underrepresented and underserved girls in Montana and Wyoming.

The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, which currently participates in FIRST Lego League activities, will use its grant to fund additional FIRST Lego League teams for up to 120 girls on 15 all-girl teams across Montana and Wyoming.

GSMW Director of Operations, Cortni Cross stated, “It’s imperative to show girls at a young age that math and science can be fun.”

“Naturally, most of us are uncomfortable with things we haven’t been exposed to or don’t understand. This grant helps us reach more girls who, otherwise, may not be exposed to STEM programming. Early on, we want girls to see the opportunities that exist in STEM fields before they encounter the potential hurdles that exist for females.”

FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grants program addresses equity, inclusion and diversity inequalities in STEM. Evaluation criteria for the 2017-18 grant included community need, demographics, diversity; execution strength, track record reaching targeted students and the value of the activities proposed. Grant Sponsors include Arconic Foundation, Qualcomm, Inc., Caterpillar, GM, GitHub, John Deere and New York City individuals, among others.

GSMW held an application process for interested girls, troops, and coaches and the 15 teams will be chosen based on underserved and/or underrepresented members. GSMW will announce its 15 teams shortly after that.

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