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Girl Scouts Learn to “Add It Up” at Travelers in Hartford

April 28, 2014

Twenty Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 learned about actuarial and math-related careers at The Travelers Companies, Inc., in Hartford, with the help of the Travelers Women in Actuarial and Analytics (WIAA) group.

On Wednesday, April 16, the girls met with the women, some who were video-conferencing from St. Paul, Minnesota, and participated in discussions about the careers available to women in the related fields, including information about school and salary potential. Girls played “jeopardy” to earn money, then took that money and spent it on materials to build a structure with. The structure was stress-tested depending on what part of the country the structure was in, helping the girls learn about insurance costs.

The day’s events were a part of Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Career Week, where girls across the state participated in various career-building and mentorship activities with local business partners. In addition, these activities are a part of Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s STEM initiative, which offers girl-led, girl-centered activities to help develop a girl’s confidence and build her skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. As a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, programs such as these help a girl discover new things about herself and others, connect with new friends and learn about other cultures and places, and to take action by finding ways to make their community or the world a better place.

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