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Experiential Learning

Thinking outside the walls: STEM in the outdoors

The great outdoors is one of the most diverse and engaging skill-building settings—for both youth and adults! And it’s especially great for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Girls can be amateur entymologists as they search out bug habitats, use the scientific method as they try an outdoor experiment, and even apply the engineering design process as they build the perfect sand castle. It’s like one giant laboratory filled with a thousand experiments and potential  ...

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The Power of Reflection: 5 Easy Ways to Debrief After an Activity!

One of our Girl Scout traditions is to ask girls to reflect on the activities they’re participating in as they learn by doing. We ask them questions about their experience like “What did you like? Was this easy or hard? Why? If we did it again what would you change?” These questions help them process their experience and we call this activity reflection, or debriefing. So why is reflection so important? According to a publication by the University of Wisconsin-Extension,  ...

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Girl Scouts Go Tech!

We live in a world where technology is a driving force for innovation. New uses of technology, new gadgets, and inventions are changing the way we interact with each other, our environment, and even our world. It’s an amazing time to be alive! Here at Girl Scouts, we want to inspire the next generation of awesome women to become tech innovators who work hard to make the world a better place. How are we doing that? With Tech Club! What is Tech Club? Tech Club gives 6th-10th grade girls  ...

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Busy hands mean busy minds!

Girl Scouts is a major fan of experiential learning, also known as learning by doing. We believe it’s the best way for girls (and adults!) to try new things and build skills. But what does it mean, exactly? What is learning by doing? According to the American Psychological Association, learning by doing means “learning from experiences resulting directly from one’s own actions, as contrasted with learning from watching others perform, reading others’ instructions or  ...

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