Women in Mathematics Badge for Girl Scouts

Program Description: Girl Scouts of America currently has a push for STEM activities and earned badges, but there is no existing mathematics badge (financial literacy badges are the closest). However, any unit can create official badges so we created an earned women in mathematics badge. Girls grades 5-12 interact with women mathematicians and learn about their career paths and what they work on in a Sonia Kovalevsky type program. Speakers include alumni from our program working in industry as well as faculty members. They also learn about the Association for Women in Mathematics and Sonia Kovalevsky, and reflect and share what they've learned on the way to earning the badge (yes an actual badge!). We are piloting the badge and disseminating the program (and badge design) to others. Special badges like this are highly desired, so there is possibility for broad expansion.

We designed the badge at the officially recognized make your own badge site.

Sponsors: The Walmart Foundation is our 2016 "pi/pie" level sponsor, the main sponsor of the event, through a community grant under "Career Opportunity/Women's Economic Empowerment." Our secondary "slice of the pi/pie" sponsors for 2016 are High Country Girl Scouts and the Mathematical Sciences Department at ASU. In cooperation with the Association for Women in Mathematics. Thanks to Ingels for their food donation for the 2015 program.

Articles and Resources
  • Women in Mathematics Badge (Yes, an Actual Badge!) for Girl Scouts, AWM Newsletter 45(1), Jan-Feb 2015, pp. 17-19.
  • Our badge steps and program, and our "pi-athlon"
  • ASU Professors Create Girl Scout Badge to Encourage Girls to Pursue Mathematics. All About Women (AAWMAG.com), March 2015, p. 7.
  • Appalachian Professors Create Girl Scout Badge to Encourage Girls to Pursue Mathematics, Dec 10, 2014.

    2018 Badge Event: Fall 2018

    Our next badge event will be Fall of 2018


    Unsolicited feedback from a fifth grader

    2016 Badge Event: September 24

    Speakers and Activities
    Amber Mellon
    Emily Hartzog
    pi-athlon
    Sarah Greenwald
    Ashley Seto
    Lunch and Networking
    Jill Thomley
    Worksheets and Wrap-up

    2015 Badge Event: September 26

    Time: 10am-1:45pm (Registration at 9:45) with an optional campus tour afterwards.
    Location: 105 Walker Hall, Appalachian State University
    Speakers and Activities
    Sarah Greenwald
    Jenna Fariss
    pi-athlon
    Amber Mellon
    Ashley Cox
    Lunch and Networking
    Jill Thomley
    Poster and Wrap-up

    2014 Badge Event: November 22

    Pictures from the 2014 event
    Time: 10:00am-1:00pm (Registration at 9:45) with an optional campus tour until 2pm
    Location: 105 Walker Hall, Appalachian State University
    Cost: $6 (includes programming and badge)
    What to Bring: Yourself and a Bag Lunch
    Registration Form
    10:00 Sarah Greenwald
    10:15 Tracie Salinas
    10:30 Holly Hirst
    10:45 Ashley Cox
    11:00 Jill Thomley
    11:15 Amber Mellon
    11:30-12:00 Lunch and Networking
    12:00-1:00 Poster and Wrap-up

    This conference supports the Non-Discrimination Statement of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

    Designed and organized by Sarah Greenwald, Amber Mellon and Jill Thomley. We are happy for you to use our badge steps and design in your program.