Microsoft Partners with Girl Scouts on STEM Badges

Microsoft is partnering with the Girls Scouts of USA to offer free STEM badge workshops at its retail stores.

“Girl Scouts of the USA and all Microsoft Stores in the U.S. are now launching free Microsoft Store badge workshops for Girl Scouts troops across the country,” Microsoft’s Vanessa Ho writes. “The partnership aims to give girls vital digital skills and foster leadership qualities to help close the gender gap in STEM fields.”

The partnership comes in the wake of a Microsoft study that found that girls lose interest in STEM— science, technology, engineering, and math—as they get older despite the high priority that is given to this curriculum in schools. This is especially true in technology and engineering, Microsoft says. And the reasons are many: They include peer pressure, the lack of good role models, the lack of support from parents as well as teachers, and a general misperception of what STEM careers look like in the real world.

The goal of Microsoft’s partnership with the Girls Scouts of USA is to connect with its 1.7 million members locally, expand the community, and expand their horizons through workshops that will help them earn five STEM badges in computer expertise, digital photography, movie-making, and robotics (there are two badges for that latter category).

“The ability to activate those troops with amazing hands-on technology and help all demographic and economic groups with digital skills really makes this partnership special,” Microsoft’s Sandra Andrews says.

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  • ajgisler

    14 October, 2019 - 1:02 pm

    <p>Why does society seem to only care about closing gaps for girls but could care less about the gap for boys. Over 60% of graduates are now female and it only gets worst as you get into the graduate levels. Girls are doing just fine but its our boys that are being left behind while at the same time being told all men are horrible. </p>

    • Stooks

      14 October, 2019 - 1:05 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#480505">In reply to ajgisler:</a></em></blockquote><p>Agreed. </p><p><br></p><p>Also why is there still a Girl Scouts at all, as I thought that girls can join the Boy Scouts now? Nothing is sacred anymore. Everyone is a victim and we must tear down everything bad….or…..good.</p><p><br></p><p>#ifyoudontlikeitgoontheinternetandcomplain</p>

    • Thom77

      14 October, 2019 - 2:14 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#480505">In reply to ajgisler:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>because of weaponized identity politics where people lose their jobs now for stating facts or standing up to toxic feminism or are guilty until proven innocent when allegations are made. </p><p><br></p><p>By the way, I know this isn't true, but I would swear the local college here that is at least in the top 2 of the state is 75% women. </p>

    • rm

      14 October, 2019 - 3:24 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#480505"><em>In reply to ajgisler:</em></a><em>Actually The organization "Boy Scouts of America" (BSA) has STEM opportunities (training, awards, etc.) that allow both boys and girls in the BSA programs to learn a lot of STEM. The BSA programs for both boys and girls includes Scouts BSA (formally Boy Scouts), Cub Scouts, and Venturing Crew. So, boys are by no means left out and those opportunities in STEM have been there for a few years. There is even a STEM program as well.</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • anoldamigauser

        Premium Member
        14 October, 2019 - 10:23 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#480559">In reply to RM:</a></em></blockquote><p>Bringing facts to the argument is not going to help.</p>

    • Stooks

      14 October, 2019 - 3:28 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#480505">In reply to ajgisler:</a></em></blockquote><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">SJW's are out in force. Bring your "woke" friends and down vote factual comments!!!!! Cancel culture is here and now!</span></p>

      • Andi

        14 October, 2019 - 3:57 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#480560">In reply to Stooks:</a></em></blockquote><p>For what it's worth I upvoted you guys. Even the marketing materials are deliberately featuring minorities only. Be it Microsoft, Apple, Google you name it.</p>

  • Brockman

    14 October, 2019 - 2:17 pm

    <p>JFC these comments</p>

    • anoldamigauser

      Premium Member
      14 October, 2019 - 10:21 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#480538">In reply to Brockman:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yup, the funny thing about the good ole days is that they were not really all that good for a lot of people.</p>

  • pargon

    Premium Member
    14 October, 2019 - 5:16 pm

    <p>Further destruction of the nuclear family and family values by pushing careers on our young women. Microsoft does a lot of good things, but more women in fields where they typically aren't prevalent isn't exactly a problem, it's usually a choice not to pursue those fields rather than the mentioned reasons. Our culture didn't have the issues of today 70 years ago. The program sounds great, but why is it only targeting girls? Why not boys too? Why not just help society be smarter and more ready for the workforce?</p><p>Young women are also lacking good role models for strong women at home or in the community, you don't have to work in STEM to have a wonderful and fulfilling life and the feminists will destroy the reputation of any women that speaks highly of raising a family. Home economics is being cut along with music programs all across the country and it's the left's agenda to drive girls into the workforce, especially male dominated fields to create more 3rd wave feminists that hate men, always has been, so this isn't surprising at all.</p>

  • Daekar

    15 October, 2019 - 7:01 am

    <p>It amazes me that the entire idea behind actively pushing women into STEM is that some people who think they know what's best for everyone are telling women across multiple generations that they are collectively "doing it wrong."&nbsp;Look at that sentence about the Microsoft study: "found that girls lose interest in STEM"… they then make the value judgement that this is bad, that those women have made a wrong choice, and that they need to be corrected.&nbsp;They then point to the usual talking points which might’ve been valid in 1980 but are certainly no longer valid now.&nbsp;Leave women and girls alone!&nbsp;Offer opportunities for everyone, let them make their choices the way they want, and keep your nose out of other people’s business.&nbsp;If on average women choose fewer STEM jobs than men, who in the hell are you to tell them they’re wrong because they haven’t lived up to your idea of what a woman is supposed to do?&nbsp;That’s not embracing empowerment, that’s ideological oppression wearing a #metoo hat.</p><p><br></p><p>When is Microsoft going to step up and push for more women in garbage collection, mining, sewer maintenance, welding, construction, and the many other jobs (many of them dangerous) that are almost exclusively filled by men? &nbsp;Oh, that’s right, this isn’t really about equality, is it?</p><p><br></p><p>On a different note, it's nice to see that GSA is continuing to expand their scope to things that are relevant in the modern world. They might be pretty lousy at teaching most little girls in the program about camping and survival skills, but they're great for other things which can be argued to be more useful.</p>

    • Chris_Kez

      Premium Member
      15 October, 2019 - 10:11 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#480763">In reply to Daekar:</a></em></blockquote><p>Microsoft needs software engineers. STEM is the training ground for those jobs. If half the population is largely dropping out of that pipeline that’s a problem— not just for Microsoft but for the entire science and engineering field, and in turn for our country and economy.</p>

      • pargon

        Premium Member
        17 October, 2019 - 2:03 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#480843">In reply to Chris_Kez:</a></em></blockquote><p>This is fake news. Half the population isn't "dropping out of the pipeline", they were never in it to begin with. Someone has to raise the family and nurturers tend to be women. A healthy society is not one that has both parents working and not raising their children.</p><p><br></p><p>There are many tech companies hiring H1B visa workers and making their full time american employees train the new guys. It's not a lack of male employees, it's purely a liberal agenda to drive women into the workforce, break up the nuclear family, have no strong parental roles at home because they are at work and the kids raised by the state (school) and the media to vote liberal. It's been going on for decades.</p><p><br></p><p>Women largely never wanted careers, they wanted to raise the kids. But 2 World Wars changed that when the men were overseas fighting and we needed to produce planes, tanks, ships and run the country at the same time. Women were then told that they needed to keep their jobs for their social status….and then Liberals (&amp; republicans aka rinos) shipped all the jobs overseas and opened flood gates of immigration. That forced down wages and all but required women to work in most households, usually barley making enough money to cover putting the children in daycare. That's how they hooked more and more families on the social "safety net" that wasn't needed till we put a bunch of liberals in charge.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

        • Brockman

          17 October, 2019 - 10:15 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#481372">In reply to Pargon:</a></em></blockquote><p>Women, and men, are free to stay home and raise their families if that is what they want to do. I know lots of women who are stay at home moms. I know lots who have careers, too. I know some who have alternately been stay at home moms and in the workforce. The beauty of this country is the freedom to choose. </p><p>And you think it was "liberals" who sent jobs overseas? Yes, the famously liberal corporate overlords decided to exploit dirt-cheap labor around the globe not for profits but to get moms out of the house so their kids could be tools of the state. And in an amazing turn of events, American union workers and their Democrat leaders were totally on board with this. </p>

  • maktaba

    15 October, 2019 - 9:52 am

    <p>I’m reminded of Dona Sarkar.</p>


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