SETI Institute

SETI Institute

The SETI Institute is leading a five-year program called “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts,” which NASA’s Science Mission Directorate will fund through 2020.

Together with five partners—Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Northern California, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the University of Arizona, and ARIES Scientific—the SETI Institute is bringing informal space science education to Girl Scouts and volunteers across the country:

  • Six new Space Science badges are being developed for Daisies through Ambassadors via Badge Requirement booklets and the Volunteer Toolkit
  • Pilot testing and feedback from troops from 11 councils on the badges before they are nationally released
  • Immersive space science train-the-trainer events for girls and volunteers at the University of Arizona and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Support for the Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017, including eclipse material kits, activities, and resources for councils nationwide, in addition to 3 council-led Eclipse Destinations

About the SETI Institute

Founded in 1984, the SETI Institute is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary research and education organization whose mission is to explore, understand, and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe. Our research encompasses the physical and biological sciences and leverages expertise in data analytics, machine learning and advanced signal detection technologies. The Institute is a distinguished research partner for industry, academia and government agencies, including NASA and NSF. To connect with the SETI Institute, visit

About NASA

NASA leads the nation on a great journey of discovery, seeking new knowledge and understanding of our Sun, Earth, solar system, and the universe. The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) searches for answers across three overarching themes: Safeguarding and improving life on Earth, searching for life elsewhere, and discovering the secrets of the Universe. SMD’s STEM Science Activation program advances STEM to improve U.S. scientific literacy through the leveraging of partners such as Girl Scouts of the USA and the SETI Institute. 

“Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” is based upon work supported by NASA Science under cooperative agreement No. NNX16AB90A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.