Troop 3109 – If she can see it, she can be it!

“My favorite part was getting to hold the bones and see where they go. That was really cool.” – Aspiring cardiac surgeon, Cadette Ashlyn.

Giving girls hands-on experiences, especially in STEM fields, is a critical component to keeping girls engaged in fields that are still dominated by men. Thanks to donors like you, girls are getting those hands-on experiences through Girl Scouts and being inspired by community members who volunteer their time and passion to show girls that they can be anything they want to be.

Dr. Shaun Steeby is one such volunteer who spent an evening showing girls what life is like in the operating room. As an orthopedic trauma surgeon (the first one to work in Topeka), she has access to artificial bones, gloves, gowns and equipment that she shared with the Girl Scouts of Troop 3109 in Topeka. The hardest part of the night was teaching the girls to dress just like a surgeon does for surgery – and it’s not as easy as just slipping on a gown! It took almost an hour for the girls to properly put on the hair nets, masks, gowns and gloves, simulating the process of keeping a super clean environment. It required teamwork, patience and learning from mistakes…and the girls loved every minute of it.

As Dr. Steeby says, “it’s easy for girls to be intimidated by things like drills, saws, bones and blood, and there are so many men in this field that [girls] don’t always feel like they can penetrate the industry. As a woman, I’ve run into barriers, but realistically, most of the barriers were more in my head than actually there.” That’s why she loved getting the chance to show girls that being a surgeon is within their reach and that they shouldn’t be intimidated by it!

Because of donors like you, girls are able to have unique experiences like this every day. Whether it’s a STEM Spark event through Google Fiber or chatting with a trauma surgeon, girls are being inspired and filling the STEM pipeline. Thank you for supporting Girl Scouts and providing these priceless experiences. If you’d like to learn more about Troop 3109’s adventure, read their full story on our blog (! If you’d like to help troops like Troop 3109 with more Girl Scout adventures, please click here to join Daisy’s Circle today!