Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas in partnership with the national Girl Scouts of the USA, has released 30 new badges.


The badges not only enhance the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout experience, but also address issues such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and space exploration for girls ages 5-18, according to a news release.


“While the programming has only been made available to Girl Scouts nationwide today, 20 local Girl Scouts from Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Greenwood and Texarkana, were nationally selected to be the first to experience the new curriculum at Always and Walmart’s Live #LikeAGirl STEM Academy at Jet.com headquarters at Hoboken, New Jersey,” according to the release.


The girls, who represented one of five councils selected nationwide, attended the academy in April where they were encouraged to continue with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through STEM related workshops, panels and celebrity guest speakers. After the academy, the girls returned to their communities and implemented their own community Take Action projects using the knowledge they gained at the Live #LikeAGirl STEM Academy, according to the release.


“Girl Scouts Daisies, Brownies and Juniors now have an opportunity to earn badges in cybersecurity, mechanical engineering, space science, and environmental stewardship that were developed in partnership with the SETI Institute, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, University of Arizona, ARIES Scientific and Girl Scouts of Northern California,” according to the release.


“Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors have two new Leadership Journeys: Think Like and Engineer, which will teach girls engineering skills with hands-on design challenges, and Think like a Programmer, a computer science program designed to teach girls how programmers solve problems by participating in computational-thinking activities. Ambassadors may also earn a College Knowledge badge as they walk through all the steps of the college admission process and get ready to attend the school of their choice,” according to the release.


Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas serves more than 7,900 girls and 3,600 volunteers in all counties in Arkansas except Crittenden. It also includes Adair, LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma as well as Bowie and Cass counties in Texas. Girl Scouts – Diamonds is a United Way partner agency. Details: www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org. For details on new badges and programs, visit http://bit.ly/2Lg8GC9.