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[dot_recommends] May 20, 2022 Uncategorized

A $16-million Girl Scout STEM Leadership Center & Maker Space Will Break Ground in 2023

Three young girls stand at a table with vials and a microscope. The middle girl looks into the microscope.

Today, we’ve got some good news for manufacturing workforce development! Girls Scouts will soon be learning skills for tomorrow at a new facility in the greater Columbus, Ohio.

The Girl Scouts STEM Leadership Center & Maker Space will break ground in 2023. Centers, like this one, that increase access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning, will help solve the lack of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry as the next generation enters the workforce.

When the Girl Scouts STEM Leadership Center & Maker Space opens in fall 2024, it will provide equipment and space for hands-on learning and exploration. Girl Scouts and other children from regional schools will learn STEM subjects and skills.

Facilities like these empower children to build skills needed in today’s manufacturing workforce!

Future Skilled Manufacturing Industry Workforce

“These programs will have a tremendous impact on the growth of the central Ohio workforce for generations and this campus is going to be the epicenter of the community jewel for STEM learning and activity,” Tammy Wharton, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council said during a news conference.

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland recently announced that $16-million facility in support of their goal of attracting 2.5 million girls to join the STEM careers pipeline by 2025. Girls still lag boys in their interest in pursuing STEM careers. Research shows that the lack of role models from women in the field prevents girls from seeing themselves in STEM roles.

Investors and Plans

Plans for the proposed facility include a variety of learning spaces:

  • Science and technology labs
  • Hands-on skills learning space for welding, mechanics, and carpentry
  • A greenhouse for gardening education
  • A commercial kitchen for farm-to-table programs

Investors in the project include these companies and foundations:

  • Battelle ($3 million)
  • AEP ($2 million)
  • Nationwide Foundation ($1.5 million).
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Cardinal Health
  • M/I Homes Foundation

About $6.55 million of the $16 million project remains to be funded.

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With our mission to create and save manufacturing jobs through supporting continuous growth in our manufacturing clients, we thrive on good news about the future workforce. That’s why we’re happy to see this new resource for children learning skills for tomorrow!

Read more about the plans for the new STEM facility at The Columbus Dispatch.

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