NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Girls from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 3116 in Laguna Niguel were given the opportunity this week to earn their Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) badge by experiencing STEM in action at the Innovation Lab in Newport Beach, Calif. 

Innovation Lab National Director Suzy Engwall said, “We began with a Deep Dive using STEM to quickly immerse the troop into a situation for problem-solving and idea creation. We use this approach for brainstorming product or process development.” She said the Girl Scouts participated in several hands-on activities, including experimenting with electricity and designing their own custom doodle robots that use the properties of centrifugal force to operate.

The Innovation Lab primarily works with major health system nurses, physicians and staff to help them develop ideas related to improving patient care. They also focus on community outreach targeting youth and innovation.

According to the Girl Scouts, they believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ and teach girls about STEM, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and so much more. The Orange County Troop’s badge is called My STEM Life.

The Lab team emphasized to the troop that they all have the potential and ability to create transformative breakthroughs and have many role models they can look to for inspiration, including Marie Curie, theory of radioactivity; Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar; and Ann Tsukamoto, Stem cell isolation.

About Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is a subsidiary of The Innovation Institute, an independent, for-profit limited liability corporation structured to cultivate innovative solutions to transform health care delivery. Its three distinct elements include the Innovation Lab, which taps into physicians, employees, and industry business partners to incubate and commercialize new medical products and ideas; an investment fund; and a shared services group (Enterprise Development Group). The Institute is owned by non-profit health systems who together strive to “do more, with less, for more people.” For more information, visit www.ii4change.com.