24 new Girl Scout badges encourage ambitious leadership | Parenting

• Automotive Engineering (grades K–5). Girls learn about designing, engineering and manufacturing vehicles, as well as the future of mobility. They design their own vehicles, test prototypes, learn about design thinking, create their own assembly line manufacturing process and more. Only 13% of engineers are women, underscoring the need for these badges, which will introduce more girls to the field. Funded by General Motors.

• Civics (grades K–12). Girls gain an in-depth understanding of how local, state and federal government works, preparing them to be voters, activists and even political leaders. They research laws and how they’re created, voting and the electoral college, the representation of women in government and more. They also research their own government officials and are encouraged to meet them. Just 24% of eighth-graders are proficient in civics, and only two in five American adults can name the three branches of U.S. government, highlighting the need for these badges. Funded by the Citi Foundation.

“These new badges are focused on topics girls indicate they want to investigate and are socially relevant to today’s issues,” said Fran Marshall, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. “The new Civics badges empower girls to find their voices, take a stand on issues they believe in, and make changes in the world around them.”