The AgStar Fund for Rural America has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program; an initiative to engage girls in STEM learning to build core competencies and interest in careers. The Girl Scouts STEM program was developed to increase girls’ access to experiential STEM learning opportunities and female STEM professionals. This program is available to all girls in grades K-12 and introduces girls to a variety of STEM fields through engaging experiments and hands-on activities. The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys serves 40,000 girls in 44 counties in southern Minnesota, four counties in western Wisconsin and one county in northern Iowa. Over 85 percent of the 49-county region is rural.
Photo Caption: Girl Scout’s CEO, Linda Keene accepts the grant from AgStar’s Melanie Olson.