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Girl Scouts

Start Your Journey Here

Girl Scout troops qualify for group rates. Visit our galleries with your troops or see a film in The Hackworth IMAX® Dome Theater. Also, new programs here at The Tech Museum of Innovation have been designed for the new Badge and Journey system. Experience hands-on science learning and begin the process to earn your badge. Book early, space is limited!

Programs designed just for Girl Scout Troops to earn a badge or to visit The Tech Museum of Innovation with their troop.

Programs require reservations. Call 1-408-294-8324, option 3 to book your space.

 

Girl Scout Family Days

Visit with your troop and invite your family and friends along!

Who: Girls Grades 3-7
When: Any public operating day during regular hours.
Cost: $12.00 per person (includes museum admission plus one educational IMAX film)
Badge: Not included

Please Note: Requirement of one adult chaperone for every 8 children (Free adult chaperone ticket provided).

 

Badge Programs @ The Tech Museum of Innovation

We now offer Skill-Building Badge programs for Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes! Through our newly developed programs, Brownies can begin their journey to earning their Home Scientist Badge; Juniors can start the process to earn their Entertainment Technology or Detective Badges; and Cadettes can begin the process to completing their Special Agent Badge.

Each program runs 2 hours in length.

Each program is composed of three of the five steps to complete each Badge.  Badges are not provided by The Tech Museum.  All Scouts must complete all five steps of the badge process before earning their badge.  The Tech Museum will provide resources (websites, worksheets, tutorials, tips, etc.) for completing the remaining steps. Please download the provided Troop Leader Resources provided for each program below.  These documents have information regarding educational outcomes, badge connections, pre-visit vocabulary, and post-visit activities to complete the remaining two steps of each program. 



Brownie Program
Home Scientist Badge
Science is all around us! Brownies begin by exploring the “hair-raising” properties of static electricity through everyday objects such as balloons and Ping-Pong balls. Next, they will make something bubble up using every day pantry items to inflate a balloon.  Finally, Brownies will learn how science can be used to make toys by making their very own silly putty!

Troop Leader Resources-Home Scientist

Junior Programs
Entertainment Technology Badge-Amusement Innovator
Are you ready to design your own entertainment company? Juniors begin by learning about classic animation styles and then get to animate their own artwork.  Next, they build prototypes of rollercoasters while learning the science behind the screams.  Finally, Juniors make custom 3-D glasses and learn how to make their own 3-D images!

Troop Leader Resources-Amusement Innovator

Detective Badge-Tech Detective
Do you have what it takes to be a Tech Detective? Juniors begin by sharpening their observation skills through brain challenging puzzles.  Next, they learn how to obtain and analyze fingerprints from a crime scene. Finally, Juniors learn about DNA-what it is, what it does, and how it helps solve crimes.  They then get to perform an experiment to extract real DNA!

Troop Leader Resources-Tech Detective

Cadette Program
Special Agent Badge
In this program, Cadettes will try on the many hats of a Special Agent! To begin, Cadettes will investigate the investigation techniques of a fingerprint analyst by analyzing and comparing fingerprints.  Next, they will practice the art of forensic drawing by sketching a “suspect” as described by a “key witness.”  Finally, Cadettes try their hands at forensic chemistry to identify an ink stain found at a crime scene.

Troop Leader Resources-Special Agent

Who are Badge Programs for?
Girl Scout Brownies (Grades 2-3)
Girl Scout Juniors (Grades 4-5)
Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6-8)

Cost:
$25 per Scout-Badge not included; $5 of the registration fee goes to Girl Scouts of Northern California

Capacity-10 minimum/25 maximum

Dates
Monday November 11, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)

Saturday November 16, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Special Agent (Cadettes)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Home Scientist (Brownies)

Saturday December 14, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)

Saturday January 18, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Special Agent (Cadettes)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Home Scientist (Brownies)

Monday January 20, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)

Saturday February 8, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)

Saturday February 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Home Scientist (Brownies)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Special Agent (Cadettes)

Saturday March 8, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)

Saturday March 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Special Agent (Cadettes)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Home Scientist (Brownies)

Saturday April 12, 2014
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Home Scientist (Brownies)
2:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. Special Agent (Cadettes)

Saturday May 3, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tech Detective (Juniors)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Entertainment Technology (Juniors)

Saturday May 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Home Scientist (Brownies)
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Special Agent (Cadettes)

How to Register/Contact:

To reserve a spot for one of our sessions, please contact Group Reservations at The Tech. There are two methods of contact:

  1. By Phone: Please call (408) 294-8324 and select option 3.
  2. By Email: groupreservations@thetech.org. A group reservations staff member will contact you to book the trip. Please provide all reservation details including a contact name, phone number, the date of your visit and number of people attending. A trip request does not reflect an official booking until you have received confirmation from Group Reservations in the form of a phone call/message, email, or letter.