9 Fun Virtual Workshops To Help Your Girls Earn the Robotic, Coding and Cybersecurity badges

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Invite a live coding instructor to help your girls earn a STEM badge.

I have partnered with CodeSpeak Labs, the national computer science education provider, to lead special live classes for my Leader Connecting Leaders Community. They have tailored the curriculum to fulfill all of the requirements necessary for one of the Coding for Good, Robotic, or Cybersecurity badges.

Do you love fun patches? I went a step further and also partnered with Mad about Fun Patches who design amazing custom fun patches and will provide “This Girl Can Code” fun patch as an optional add on to any of the virtual workshops. Scroll to bottom for links to purchase a workshop and fun patches for your troop.

How it Works

Your group can sign up for a 1.5 hour live workshop where a CodeSpeak Labs instructor will work with your girls, via Zoom video conferencing, teaching them how to program their first coding game, animation, robotics or learning about cybersecurity.

  1. Browse and purchase virtual workshop(s) you want to do with your troop from the Leader Connecting Leader’s shop
    Code Basics, App Development and Game Design Virtual STEM Workshops
    Program, Design and Showcase Robots Virtual STEM Workshops
    Cybersecurity Basics, Investigations, and Safeguard Virtual STEM Workshops
  2. Once you purchase workshop, CodeSpeak Labs will be in touch to pick day and time for the virtual workshop.  If you add fun patches they will be shipped to you. You will receive a email from CodeSpeak LabsWe will ask for 2 to 3 dates and times that work for your troop.

Frequently Asked Questions  

What if I have a multi-level troop? If you are a multi-level troop and would like to combine levels into one session we can customize to fit your needs you know your troop best. We would just default to the younger grade’s lesson. (unless you tell us the younger girls are actually operating at a higher grade level) For older girls with no or limited coding experience, they’ll still learn a lot. 

What is difference between workshops based on ages? The main difference is if we use professional text-based code or block-based code, which is like coding with training wheels. The block-based code is used by many high schools for AP Computer Science Principles.

I am not a Girl Scout can my girls do workshop? These workshops are great for kids in any organization and can customize the workshop to work with your group.

Can I get more than 1 troop together for workshop? Yes if you are a smaller troop and want to coordinate with another troop, service unit you can. We can do workshops of 4 – 30 kids. You do need to purchase the workshop once to allow for us to set up one workshop for group and then you can personally coordinate payment from other troops. 

What if I want to do all 3 badges for series what is recommended? For example, should we do as a day-long thing, three days in a week (like a mini camp) , one day a week?  Do what will work for your girls and their personality If you do on same day I recommend a half hour to hour break in between each session.

How do I know I will get a date or time that works for me? We’ve so far been able to accommodate everyone’s first or second choice date/time. If we’re in the unlikely situation we’re not able to find a time that works, you’ll receive a refund

What equipment is needed? For participants who have 2 devices at home (eg, a computer and an iPad, 2 computers), they can set it up so they are coding on 1 computer and then logging into Zoom and watching the instructor with their other device. If they only have 1 computer, that’s totally fine. They can toggle between Zoom and their coding platform.

What are some examples of what girls will code? Here are a few examples of past sessions we have done with some girls.  As you can see the subject matter is all over the place the girls will have fun using their creativity as well as learning to code.

If you have any other questions before purchasing email me.

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My name is Jodi Carlson, I am a mom, wife, & web designer and come with 25 years of GS experience. I am now sharing my experiences and helping other Girl leaders be great and successful and shape today’s girls to be the leaders of tomorrow. I was blessed with a Son in March of 2015 and stepped down as a full time girl leader, but missed planning and volunteering, so I decided after 25 years I have so many ideas to inspire girls and help leaders so I choose to build this blog and it has grown into a resource beyond GS, I am reaching girl leaders in many organizations.