This Week in STEM: Stories You May Have Missed


Have you ever bought a box of Thin Mint® Girl Scout cookies from a Girl Scout selling door-to-door? Well, that may be a thing of the past soon. This week, Visa and Dell announced their new collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA called Digital Cookie 2.0 that will enable Girl Scouts to sell their cookies online and through mobile devices. Digital Cookie 2.0 will teach Girl Scouts e-commerce and empower them to be technologically-savvy businesswomen. We can't wait to byte into the cookies!

Last weekend, Yale welcomed 121 girls to their campus for "The Extra-Terrestrial World," part of their Girls Science Investigations program. The program is designed to encourage girls to pursue careers in science, and each of the participants created and launched their own two-foot rocket! If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, register in mid October for the next event, "The Electromagnetic World," which will be held on November 14.

How many superheroes can you name? Five? 10? Now, how many of those are women? Probably one or two at most. Well, Jenine Beekhuyzen, a Griffith University IT lecturer in Australia, has created 16 IT and science-minded female superheroes and has written a book titled Tech Girls are Superheroes. Beekhuyzen is also offering an internship and mentoring program for 140 girls to create apps that can improve society. We are excited for the future of female scientist superheroes!