Gold Award Girl Scout Maureen, 17, from Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, designed and created fashion accessories called “illumicize” that progressively light up in response to increases in heart rate. But that was just the beginning. She also went on to host a series of Catwalk Coding camps—instructional courses designed to attract low-income girls to STEM fields. At the all-girl camps, attendees constructed scaled-down versions of illumicize by creating and coding their own illuminating accessory. At the end of the five-day camps, the girls got to show off their skills on a blinking runway fashion show in front of their friends and family—NICE! They also learned electrical and coding skills directly from women working in STEM fields. Now that’s how you close a gender gap in STEM!
Each year, Girl Scouts of the USA honors ten Girl Scouts as National Young Women of Distinction, selected from the thousands of exceptional young women in grades 9–12 who earn their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.