New engineering badges!

We’re delighted to launch two new engineering badges (one for Brownies, one for Guides) that have been developed in partnership with Engineers Ireland.

The syllabi for the badges, which include fun activities like making towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows and constructing mechanical hands, will help girls explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and will hopefully encourage some to pursue STEM subjects and careers.

Over 150 Leaders were introduced to the badges at Branch Weekend, which ran from 9-11 February in Athlone. The Leaders experienced for themselves how doing the badges will enable girls to work through a variety of fun engineering challenges based on creative thinking, curiosity and team-work.

Welcoming the new badges, IGG Chief Commissioner Helen Concannon, said: “As one of the largest girl-only organisations in Ireland, we are delighted to partner with Engineers Ireland and harness our enthusiasm and their expertise to provide more opportunities for girls to engage with engineering concepts.

“Girl Guides is a movement and always strives to move with the times and remain relevant to young people while challenging stereotypes. We believe in our girls’ capabilities and want them to develop their skills in STEM so this partnership is an ideal one for us. If we want to solve the world’s challenges, we must ensure that both boys and girls can aspire to become engineers.”

Director General of Engineers Ireland, Caroline Spillane, said: “Engineering is about working collaboratively, being creative, and finding new ways to solve problems and the Irish Girl Guides is a dynamic and community-focussed organisation which very much shares these values. We are delighted to have collaborated on this initiative to inspire young girls to think positively about engineering and to build awareness of the immense possibilities a career in engineering can offer.”

You can read the press release that was issued about the new engineering badges here.