For the third year in a row, Groupon is proud to partner with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana to Scout Out Engineering. This fall, we’ll be opening the doors of our Chicago headquarters to 75 of the Scout’s best and brightest 5th and 6th graders to join us for a morning of learning about engineering through presentations from our female tech staff, hands on activities and an intro to coding.
Groupon is taking planning as seriously as rationing the last box of thin mints, so this one is going to be good. This year we’re also expanding the program! The Groupon Scout Out Engineering Planning Team is happy to announce that we’ll be welcoming some of the Pacific Northwest’s coolest troops to participate in the Scout Out program at our Seattle office.
Groupon is committed to supporting women in technology at every age, and we’ve designed this program specifically to help spark girls’ interest in engineering through 5th and 6th grade. We know these are the years when there is the highest potential for girls to lose interest in STEM as compared to their male counterparts. We want to show the future innovators and policy makers that technology is not only cool and fun, but also a world where they can thrive … and is so much bigger than typing at a computer in a row of desks.
This effort is largely supported on a volunteer basis, and we’ve got some of the best staff in the biz. Our tech teams donate their time, energy and resources every year to make sure this event goes off without a hitch. It’s a team effort to make sure that the girls leave our office with their Scout Out merit badge in hand, a comprehensive list of resources to continuing their learning and an excitement about pursuing a career in technology. Don’t let the calm, cool and collected demeanor fool you — the Groupon volunteers are equally as excited to be working alongside the scouts and will be earning their merit badge as well.
We’ll let you know how it goes and can’t wait for another action packed day of merit badge earning and super fun tech learning.