TULSA, OK – August 16, 2022 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma and Tulsa International Airport held an event this morning to celebrate a new patch program titled “Aerospace Adventure”. Local Girl Scout Troops 7049, 7470 and 7225 performed a flag ceremony, and leaders from Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa International Airport and Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission spoke about their excitement for the new STEM program. After remarks, the design of the patch was revealed and Girl Scout cookies were served.
The Aerospace Adventure program was designed to engage and prepare girls from across the state to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace, a sector that is traditionally male-dominated. Girl Scouts earning the Aerospace Adventure patch will learn more about career opportunities in aerospace outside of the more commonly thought of roles, such as pilot, flight attendant, or astronaut, and will get to meet women that work in engineering, aircraft maintenance, airport operations, and other positions.
Girl Scouts who are Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (grades 6-12) are eligible to participate. To earn this patch, girls will complete five activities that help them discover career opportunities, make connections to career path options, and take action in their community to share what they’ve learned. They will research careers in the industry that don’t directly work with aircraft, interview a woman in the field, and even plan an event or activity during Women of Aviation World Wide Week in March.
“At Girl Scouts, we help girls discover who they want to be by introducing them to a wide variety of experiences to see what sparks their interest,” shared Jaime Walton, stem strategist for the organization. “We couldn’t be more proud to enter into this partnership with the Tulsa International Airport, and continue inspiring and empowering future generations of female leaders to excel in STEM fields.”
“Aerospace is the second largest and fastest growing industry in Oklahoma,” said Alexis Higgins, Chief Executive Officer of Tulsa International Airport. “Careers in the aviation and aerospace industry are challenging, secure, and financially rewarding. I am excited for girls in eastern Oklahoma to explore the wide array of careers that are available in this industry and hope that their discovery journey will lead them on a path to a bright future in aviation and aerospace.”
For more information and a video about the Girls Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma’s new Aerospace Adventure patch program, visit this gseok.org/STEM in the Badges & Awards section.