Girl Scouts

Fall 2019 Girl Scout Patch Days

THEME: Microbiome and Human Body

Girls will learn about microbiomes and the human body through hands on activities.  This is a great opportunity for Girl Scouts to learn with the assistance of college students with STEM majors!

Sign-up for our Patch Days!

Junior Day – October 19th, 2019

Brownie Day – November 16th, 2019

Cadette Day – December 7th, 2019


Note: Brownie Day registration will open October 16th and Cadette Day registration will open November 1st. Mark your calendars and don’t forget to sign up!

Meet the 2019-20 Girl Scout Co-Chairs!

Caroline Muehlenkamp

My name is Caroline Muehlenkamp and I am a sophomore in Chemical Engineering. I was in Girl Scouts from first grade through my senior year in high school and am excited to stay involved in the organization! When the Wisconsin weather permits, I enjoy kayaking, biking, and when it doesn’t I read. In Madison, I look forward to getting the freshly baked bread at the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.

Jessica Suderski

My name is Jessica and I am a junior at the Univerity of Wisconsin-Madison. I am currently studying Biomedical Engineering, and I hope to further the research for medical devices to improve the lives of many people. I have gained even more interest in this from working in a research lab that focuses on diabetes research with the pancreas and stem cell lines. I am so happy to be studying here at Madison, and even happier to be a part of SWE!

Fall 2018 Patch Days

Theme: Solar System and Space Exploration


  • Modelling the Solar System – The girls used large cardboard cutouts, pom pom balls, and gravel to model the solar system and major features in the solar system.
  • Mars Rover – Girls created Lego rovers to test across differently planetary surfaces. They used the engineering design process to come up with their ideas and test the prototypes.
  • Build a Space Suit – College students were assigned to groups of girls and the girls had to design a space suit to suit the conditions of their assigned planet. The girls then presented their creations.

Spring 2019 Patch Days

Theme: Biosystems Engineering


  • Carbon Cycle – The girls rotated around stations, each representing a stage in a Carbon atom’s life cycle.  At each stage, the girls collected a bead with that stage’s corresponding color. Afterwards, the girls observed and discussed patterns they noticed.
  • Making Biofuels – Yeast and hot water were used to create a biofuel to inflate a balloon. The girls hypothesized what they thought would create the most gas and were allowed to add corn meal, cereal, sugar, cocoa powder, etc. The results were graphed and compared.
  • Gene Environment Interactions – Led by a Biomedical Engineering Senior Design team, the girls were taught about genes and their relationships to the environment! The BME team led the girls through the full design cycle where they made their own mutant that was adapted to an extreme environment. They drew a life sized version and presented it to the other girls.