Girl Scouts

girl scout programs

Bring your troop to National Children’s Museum! Learn more about offerings specific to Girl Scouts, and get ready for a hands-on bonding experience that will spark curiosity and ignite passion.

discounted admission

Plan a visit with your Girl Scouts to explore our interactive exhibits on your own. Receive a 10% discount on general admission.

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badge workshops

Girl Scouts can envision themselves as STEM experts during a hands-on workshop and fulfill all the requirements to earn a badge.

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discounted admission

Imagine, experiment, and engage in collaborative play throughout our 20,000 square feet of interactive science, technology, engineering, arts, and math focused exhibits. Receive a 10% discount on general admission when you book using the Girl Scouts admission form.

Must book at least two weeks in advance. Subject to Museum availability.

badge workshops

School out for the day? Girl Scouts can explore STEM concepts through our playful, hands-on workshops. Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors will think critically, take risks, analyze problems, and create innovative solutions.

Two young girls building in the tinkerers studio.

workshop options

Daisies: Model Car Design Challenge
  • Mechanical Engineering Badge #3
  • Daisies will step into the shoes of an engineer by building a car to race down a special track. Can they discover which ramp has the most friction?

Brownies: Race Car Design Challenge
  • Mechanical Engineering Badge #3
  • Brownies will become engineers–designing, testing, and improving race cars. Whose car will win the race?

Juniors: Balloon Car Design Challenge
  • Mechanical Engineering Badge #2
  • Juniors will learn about different types of energy and harness the power of air by building an alternative fuel car. Whose vehicle will travel the furthest?
Daisies: How Robots Move
  • Robotics Badge #2
  • Daisies will become programmers, learning about algorithms and exploring how robots think and move.

Brownies: Programming Robots
  • Robotics Badge #2
  • Brownies will step into the shoes of a programmer and explore how algorithms tell robots how to react to their environment.

Juniors: Programming Robots
  • Robotics Badge #1
  • Juniors will experience how programmers use algorithms to tell robots how to respond to their surroundings.
Daisies: Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering Badge #2
  • Daisies will experience the engineering design process- transforming their ideas into real cars!

Brownies: Race Car Design ChallengeBrownies: Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering Badge #2
  • Brownies will learn about simple machines in vehicles and then use their imagination to create working prototypes of emergency vehicles.

Juniors: Automotive Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering Badge #2
  • Juniors step into the shoes of engineers as they create vehicles powered by an alternative fuel. Girl Scouts will learn about the design cycle firsthand as they test and revise their vehicle prototypes.

what to expect

A 45-minute workshop led by a Museum Educator.

After completing a workshop Girl Scouts will have fulfilled all the requirements to earn their badge.

Note: Girl Scout badges are not included. Please reach out to your local Council to purchase.

pricing + availability

$15 per Girl Scout with a minimum of 6 Girl Scouts. Chaperones are free.

A maximum of 20 Girl Scouts can participate in one workshop.

Museum admission is not included in the workshop price but can be added on during booking.

Workshops are offered on weekdays (excluding Tuesday and federal holidays) during Museum operating hours. Earliest workshop start time is 9:45am and the last workshop start time is 3pm.

Workshops must be booked at least two weeks in advance.

girl scout day 2024

On Saturday, March 2, Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors envisioned themselves as future STEM professionals as they met women in STEM careers, earned their STEM Career Badge, and played in the Museum’s STEAM exhibits.

girl scout day programming

Hear from inspirational women in STEM on how their childhood passions led them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Girl Scouts will have the chance to ask these women leaders questions during a Q+A.

10 am - Laura Sammon, Applications Engineer at MathWorks
Laura Sammon is an Applications Engineer at MathWorks. She supports teaching and research across science and engineering disciplines, specializing in Earth and ocean science. Laura earned her Ph.D. in geology from the University of Maryland where she studied the chemistry and physics of Earth’s layers. Throughout her career, she has also held positions as a food chemist, research chemist, veterinary assistant, and mounted campus service officer (a Mountie on horseback). Laura is told what to do in her spare time by her two Australian Shepherds, who enjoy taking her to the park and beach, posing for photos, and running next to her bike. When she has a dog-free moment, Laura enjoys playing video games and tinkering with her computer.

11 am - Kendra Reynolds, Principal Quality Engineer at Northrop Grumman
Kendra Reynolds is a dedicated professional with a background in engineering and business. Originally from Newport News, VA, Kendra holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Kendra’s career began at Pepco, where she worked as a power engineer for nine years. In this role, she served as a substation engineer, responsible for upgrading the power grid and ensuring uninterrupted power supply to the community.

Currently, Kendra is a Principal Quality Engineer at Northrop Grumman, where she contributes to the construction of aircraft vital for national defense. Outside of work, Kendra is a devoted mother and wife. She is also the Director and Cofounder of the Carmon M. Foundation Inc., where she actively participates in philanthropic endeavors to support her community.

1 pm- Dr. Katherine Calvin, NASA’s Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor
Dr. Katherine Calvin was appointed as NASA’s Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor to Administrator Bill Nelson on Jan. 10, 2022. As chief scientist, Kate advises agency leadership on the agency’s science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. As senior climate advisor, she provides insights recommendations for the agency’s climate-related science, technology, and infrastructure programs. Kate received her doctorate in Management, Science, and Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor of science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland.

2 pm- Dr. Dorothy Baldwin Wicker, Former Principal Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Dr. Dorothy Baldwin Wicker was a Principal Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics assigned as Joint Strike Fighter Global Sustainment Risk Integrator, working strategies for mitigating potential risk involved in implementing a PBL (performance-based logistics) solution. She was also a physicist at the Naval Training Equipment Center (where she led multi-agency and industry efforts in sensor and visual simulation technology development). Prior to that, she taught physics and developed related courseware and curriculum.
Earn your STEM Career badge through a self-guided vision board activity. Guided by prompts, Girl Scouts will explore their interests, learn about STEM careers, and create a vision board to take home or leave at the Museum to inspire other girls.

Please note, STEM Career badges are not included. Please reach out to your local Council to purchase.
Get creative with our artist-in-residence, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann! Leave your mark on a collaborative collage made of vinyl stickers in varying shapes, colors, and sizes. The artwork will be transformed into an immersive installation in the Museum once complete. This drop-in program will take place between 10 am and 3 pm.
Get your gears turning by tinkering with moving mechanical sculptures called Automata. Girl Scouts will design their own characters and make them move in different ways by observing how machine parts interact with each other.
Girl Scout Day Patch Design

Girl Scout Day 2024 was generously sponsored by TCMA for Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.