About the Girl Scout IP Patch
Women are severely underrepresented among American innovation, with only 21% of U.S. patents including at least one female inventor as recently as 2016. While some of the gender gap is attributable to the fact that fewer women participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, studies show that there are other factors contributing to the gender gap among inventors. To solve this problem, there continues to be a need to increase the participation of women in STEM fields, and more particularly, to understand how to access and use the patent system to their benefit.
Girl Scout IP Patch
A USPTO and IPO Education Foundation collaboration to teach girls about invention and IP.
- Brownie: Imagination Pioneers–Inventor Badge
- Junior: Investigating Possibilities–Product Designer Badge
- Cadette: Inventive Products–Entrepreneur Badge
- Senior: Inspiration Producers–Social Innovator Badge
On October 26, 2019, GIPA hosted the “Science of Makeup” Experience at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Super STEM Expo at the Delta Flight Museum. The event was curated by Irina Fays and provided girls with the opportunity to meet a female inventor and patent attorney, see actual published patents about makeup inventions and compare it to the products they protected, learn about experimentation in the making of lipstick, and learn about innovations made in the industry with a focus on clean products. An estimated 400 girls participated in the workshop, supported by 16 volunteers.
On January 25, 2020, and February 1, 2020, GIPA partnered with the Atlanta Chapters of ChIPs and SWE to hold a Girl Scout Derby Car Design and Girl Scout Powder Puff Derby events where girls learned about the innovation of the automotive vehicle. Girls then had an opportunity to design, build, and brand their own car. Over 70 girls from grades K-6 participated.