Posted Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
Girl Scouts and CCM Announce the Launch of New National STEM Badges
The Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey today announced the launch of 30 new national Girl Scout badges exclusively for girls ages 5–18 at County College of Morris, a nationally designated center of excellence for cybersecurity education.
The badges, which are immediately available, not only enhance the one-of-a-kind Girl Scout experience, but also address some of society’s most pressing needs such as cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science and space exploration.
The announcement was made today in partnership with CCM in recognition of the college’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. CCM is the only community college in New Jersey to hold that designation.
Nine of the 30 new Girl Scout badges focus on cybersecurity, and local Girl Scouts from Northern New Jersey worked on those badges at the launch event. As part of the rollout, CCM and the Girl Scouts plan to work together to offer program activities at the college’s Center for Cyber Security that will help girls earn their cybersecurity badges.
“At Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey, we are working to give girls the skills they need to succeed in the real world and give them the opportunity to practice their leadership skills so they change the world,” said Betty Garger, Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey. “We feel it is important to help fuel the pipeline for women leaders in the future. In order to do that, girls and young women need to participate in program activities that show them that they can become leaders in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and see their potential in changing the world.”
“CCM welcomes the opportunity to join with the Girl Scouts to educate girls and young women about the field of cybersecurity,” said CCM President Anthony J. Iacono. “Career opportunities in this well-paying and rewarding field are growing, as the need for protecting information only becomes more critical. Teaching girls about this field at an early age is one of the most effective ways to increase the number of women in cybersecurity, while also showing them how to protect themselves and others online.”
Girls in grades K–5 can now earn badges in:
The new programming for girls in grades 6–12 includes:
Prepare your girl to unleash her inner strength. To join or volunteer, visit www.girlscouts.org/join.
To learn more about cybersecurity and other IT programs at CCM, visit http://tinyurl.com/yaysbfjv.
About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey serves girls ages 5-18 in 160 municipalities in Bergen, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Northern Warren counties. There are currently over 25,000 girl members. In Girl Scouts, girls discover themselves, connect with others, and take action to create positive change in their own communities. For more information about Girl Scouts, call the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey at (973) 248-8200.