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NMMSH Girl Scout badges focus on space-related themes

Teamwork is the name of the game and a cornerstone of scouting. Rocketeer Academy’s new Girl Scout Badge-A-Palooza program builds on that and helps scouts accomplish their goals and claim their badges. Photo courtesy of NM Museum of Space History.

Across the country, schools and informal learning institutions continue to increase their focus on STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo is no exception, with recently introduced Girl Scout badges focusing on robotics, design challenges, and other other space- and aviation-related themes.

“Rocketeer Academy, our education department, has been working the last several years to make sure that everything we present aligns with state and national education standards and benchmarks, while encouraging students to explore STEAM-related fields,” said Museum Executive Director Christopher Orwoll. “Now we are very pleased to introduce the first of our STEAM scout focused programs, Girl Scout Badge-A-Palooza, which is specifically designed to reach out to these scouts and help them attain the knowledge to receive their new badges.”

Girl Scout Badge-A-Palooza classes are specific to the Daisy, Brownie, and Junior levels of girl scouting, with classes on What Robots Do, Designing Robots, Programming Robots and more. Although each class can be presented on its own either at the museum or off site, a fun option is combining three badge classes with a museum camp-in. Not only will the attending scouts earn three badges, they’ll also tour the museum, enjoy a large format film in the theater, and get to sleep overnight inside the museum.

“This is a pilot program for Rocketeer Academy,” said Orwoll. “Our goal is to offer this type of activity for all scouts and other youth organizations, something they can have fun with and learn from all at the same time.”

Rocketeer Academy also offers a variety of STEAM-based programs for schools and groups, either at the museum or anywhere across New Mexico or West Texas. For more information about Rocketeer Academy programs or Girl Scout Badge-A-Palooza, contact the Museum’s education department.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, Smithsonian Affiliate, is open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday-Saturday, noon–5:00 p.m. Sunday, Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission is $7 Adults, $6 Seniors (60+) /Military/NM residents, $5 Children 4-12, and free for children under 4.

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