Double checked on the website and, yep, the ONLY Girl Scout workshop offered is “Science with a Sparkle.”
So, what IS “Science with a Sparkle?”
GLAD YOU ASKED!
"Prepare to be dazzled! Dive into chemistry and learn how science relates to health and beauty products. Become a cosmetic chemist and concoct your own creations to take home."
Look, I’ll be honest, this sounds like something I’d think was pretty cool. But it is NOT REMOTELY OKAY that the only workshop offered for Girl Scouts is given a cutesie name and is based on MAKE-UP. Especially when the guys are offered a much wider range of interests and activities.
There’s been a ton of talk about the lack of women in science and engineering fields, and the Girl Scouts of America even have a specific program for girls interested in STEM. So why is the Carnegie Science Center only offering THIS? It goes against the very values of the Girl Scouts of America.
I’m disappointed, as a patron of the Science Center and as a former Girl Scout who attended events there while active and still cherish those memories. I didn’t pursue science, but I know a hell of a lot more about it than I would if I hadn’t worn that effing sash.
EDIT: The Carnegie Science Center has responded on Facebook.