Ten-year-old Olivia has short hair and glasses, a thoughtful demeanor and strong opinions about music. She likes Neon Trees, an alternative rock band, but unlike other girls her age, she has no love for boy bands or Taylor Swift. An only child, Olivia tends to act a little older than she looks, and she knows what she likes to do. She likes building things, she loves science and technology, and she plays Minecraft on the computer a lot.
To feed her passion for computers and technology, Olivia attended a Minecraft camp earlier this summer. At first she was excited to be there, even though she was the only girl. Being the only girl in a roomful of ten-year-old boys would be an uncomfortable experience for just about anyone, but Olivia doesn’t scare easily. She liked the camp and what she was learning. But then after two days, Olivia said she didn’t want to go back because the boys were mean.
When Olivia’s parents discovered Girl Scouts ran Robotics Camps, they knew it would be perfect for their daughter. In Girl Scout Robotics, Olivia could learn about science and technology and they wouldn’t have to worry if she would be the only girl.
At the three-day camp in July, Olivia met new friends with similar interests and worked with her team to build and program a car that drove really fast. Olivia’s pride was evident on the final day of camp when she grinned from ear to ear while showing her dad everything her team created.
Girl Scouts’ girl-led environment removed obstacles for Olivia that got in the way of learning. At Robotics Camp, she could relax and just be herself. She focused on what she really came to do, explored what she’s passionate about, and got excited about learning new skills for a promising future in our technology-driven world.