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- Girl Scouts at a previous Star Party
On October 26, the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains host a Star Party at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, featuring a 50-minute planetarium presentation; hands-on activities, including paper rocket construction; and models showing the Earth and moon's orbits and the layers of the atmosphere. The event is part of the Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts program, funded by NASA and led by the SETI Institute, a California-based nonprofit that aims to explore, understand and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe. Reaching for the Stars officially rolls out in 2019, but last year, the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains was one of 11 councils nationwide chosen to pilot the program, which entails testing and providing feedback on the curriculum. The space initiative is part of a larger expansion of the Girl Scouts' STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — programming. This summer, the organization released 30 new badges geared to helping Girl Scouts explore computer science, mechanical engineering, robotics and other STEM topics. "We believe we have the premier program in leadership for girls," said Ginger Kozlowski, communications and public relations manager for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Science fields are "where the better paying jobs are," she added, and the expanded STEM programming will help girls "develop a strong sense of self, seek out challenges and learn from their setbacks."