Raven Hosts Girl Scouts "Feeding the World With Technology" Event

Inside Raven

As part of Raven’s partnership with Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons, we welcomed 31 Junior Girl Scouts from Southeast South Dakota to Raven Headquarters for the "Solving Great Challenges: Feeding the World with Technology" event on October 11, 2018. This event highlighted both Raven Industries' and Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons' commitments to helping girls develop skills and gain confidence in STEM activities. The 4th and 5th grade Scouts really enjoyed exploring, experimenting, asking questions, and learning throughout the night. Here’s an inside look at what they experienced:

The night started with opening remarks, where the Girl Scouts were encouraged to engage and ask questions to learn as much as possible. The girls were then split up into different groups, introduced to a Raven team member that would guide them through the event, and then sent off to the night’s activities.


Show & Tell

Software Engineer Kelly Vanderwerff and Engineering Technician Chris Cornell from Raven Applied Technology presented hands-on demonstrations of our various technologies to the Girl Scouts. The girls learned about our field computers and sprayer technologies, tried their hands at row steering, and asked lots of great questions about what Raven does and what it’s like to be an engineer!


Soldering

Worldwide soldering competition champion and Raven Applied Technology Trainer Nichole DeVries, along with Applied Technology production team members, helped the Girl Scouts solder a circuit bug kit. It was fun to watch the Scouts and team members patiently work together — especially as many of the girls were soldering for the first time — to create a working product. Nichole also shared her soldering experiences with the Girl Scouts, pointing out how this important skill is used on many circuit-boards and electrical components that make it into Raven products.


I used to want to be an artist, a singer, or a dancer; but after joining Girl Scouts, I've been able to explore so many more neat things that I might want to do!"

— Cecelia R., Girl Scout Junior, while soldering an LED ladybug at the event

Robot Challenge

Engineering Team Lead Ellen Arens, along with engineering team members from both Raven Applied Technology and Raven Aerostar, facilitated a series of robot building, testing, and programming challenges for the Girl Scouts. The girls experienced the joys of the design process in this challenge, from forming hypotheses to drawing conclusions and retesting. Working with LEGO® Mindstorms kits, they learned about how various types of sensors work, as well as how to program the robots to perform certain functions.

After a fun night full of hands-on experiences, the Girl Scouts and Raven team joined hands for a Friendship Circle. The Girl Scouts each earned a well-deserved, exclusive Raven patch for their efforts throughout the night.


After a fun night full of hands-on experiences, the Girl Scouts and Raven team joined hands for a Friendship Circle. The Girl Scouts each earned a well-deserved, exclusive Raven patch for their efforts throughout the night.

This was the first of three annual events that Raven will be hosting for the Girl Scouts, each featuring a different business unit and set of activities.

This was a truly fun and inspiring event for our Raven team members to organize for the Girl Scouts. The excitement, creativity, and problem solving we witnessed among the Scouts was tremendous. As we look towards planning next year’s special event, we hope to continue igniting an interest in STEM among young girls at this age and continue to help them explore the benefits and opportunities the come along with a STEM-related job through the other program opportunities in our partnership with Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons."

— Jan Matthiesen, Vice President of Human Resources