Girl Scouts fire up STEAM learning

An arched banner creates an entrance to two rows of pop up tents housing hands-on learning activities in an outdoor setting on a sunny day.

The Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri and partners have girls in our region fired up and inspired to explore STEAM activities!

A woman shows a young Girl Scout how to fly a drone in an screen house tent.

On Oct. 8, GIRL FEST brought together 1,200 people for an outdoor family experience that celebrated all things girl. Families had 50-some hands-on activity stations to explore, including the opportunity to fly a drone with KC STEM Alliance volunteers. Thanks go out to volunteers Merry Fuller from Olsson, Dino Fuller from Flowers Baking Company and Angie Ladwig from Honeywell, who helped 80 girls try out their flying skills!

A group of five girls wearing lab coats and holding chemistry signs smile as they pose in front of a balloon-topped backdrop

On Nov. 4, Girl Scouts teamed up with Terracon for the 4th Annual Live STEAM event hosted by Science City, where more than 200 Girl Scout Juniors explored STEAM-focused topics with mentors working in STEAM careers.

Workshops and hands-on experiences covered topics as diverse as geology, astronomy, chemistry, robotics, graphic design, photography, botany, health sciences, biology and more.

Scouts also enjoyed a STEM-themed stage show by Science City Educator Madison Phillip with help from special guest Terracon President and CEO Gayle Packer and explored the science center through a photo scavenger hunt. Stay tuned for details on the next Live STEAM event at Science City.

For more information about volunteering to support girls exploring STEM in Kansas City, contact KC STEM Alliance’s Marian McClellan at 630-659-7748, or visit