York, PA (April 25, 2019) – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) yesterday announced its newest mobile learning program to teach girls and young women creative thinking and problem-solving skills. With the help of the York School District, Martin Library, and 20 girls from Ferguson K-8, GSHPA unveiled its STEAM Mobile initiative, an innovative curriculum that adds the role of art to its award-winning STEM Mobile programming.
GSHPA has been a leader in offering STEM education to thousands of girls across central and northeastern Pennsylvania through its ground-breaking Girls Go STEM initiative. Joined by community partners and corporate sponsors, the newly-launched STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Mobile will provide critical problem-solving skills through art appreciation, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.
“For the past two years, GSHPA has worked with Martin Library and the York City School District to offer multi-week STEM and STEAM activities to any interested girl in the afterschool program,” said Suzanne Moore, interim CEO of GSHPA. “Following our successful pilot, the STEAM Mobile is ready to bring its creative approach to 3,500 girls throughout York County and serve as a model to reach thousands more girls across central and northeastern Pennsylvania.”
STEAM activities will be made available at no charge to girls in grades K-12. Programming, which can be modified by grade level, provides one of 18 curriculum choices that feature hands on experiences ranging from robotics and 3-D pens to outdoor navigation.
“The STEAM Mobile offers girls an opportunity to explore technology, art and innovation they won’t traditionally find in a classroom,” said Betsy Keefer, Board Member, GSHPA. “We are proud to offer a curriculum that helps young women develop curiosity and confidence in their creative thinking.”
The STEAM Mobile can be reserved by troops and service units over the summer and will be available to schools and community organizations at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Prospective partners that provide regularly scheduled activity time for girls K-12 over a period of five to six weeks are encouraged, particularly if the population is considered at-risk.
GSHPA has a track record for leadership in innovative programs for girls and young women. In 2018, GSHPA’s Girls Go STEM program received the Nonprofit Innovation Program Award from the Central Penn Business Journal for the visionary delivery of STEM curriculum to girls across their 30-county footprint.
In York County, STEAM education funding partners include Powder Mill Foundation, Airie Knipel, Harry V. and J. William Warehime Foundation, Highmark, Glatfelter, York Traditions Bank, and Pugh and Cutaia LLC.