Girl Scouts at Home was developed and launched within two weeks as the pandemic pivot in response to the cancellation of in-person meetings for 1.4 million girls. Within one month, 1/3 of all Troop Leaders reported using it, within 4 months it had received 1 million page visits, and it consistently drove 2% of traffic to the online store and 1% of its sales. The site combined videos, copy, and downloads to support the continuation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, both by girls on their own and through remote troop sessions.
Girl Scout’s gsApp was a prototype for a direct-to-girl mobile experience, to integrate the socializing and learning from an in-person troop within an accessible-anywhere digital learning platform.
Capturing Dinosaurs was AMNH’s first youth program to incorporate the processes of digital scanning and fabrication (in which youth used mobile apps to scan real dinosaur fossils then fabricate them on printers to build a model). This lead to a wide range of youth programming (around topics like mammals, microfossils, and more), public programming (at I.D. Day and during our Sleepovers), and online (by sharing the models produced for others to use).
Morphobank is an online tool scientists used to collaborate on morphological data, co-developed by AMNH scientists. Working with these scientists, we adapted it for use within a youth curriculum, which led to its use across many programs.
Playing For Keeps, first launched at Global Kids in 2003, supports youth to use game design to address social and global issues. Its first games addressed Hurricane Katrina, medical racism in U.S. prisons, and poverty in Haiti. It began with games for the web and in Second Life and would soon incorporate mobile geolocative gaming (like NYC Haunts, used by youth programs in both the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library systems), geocaching (like Race to the White House) and more. It continues to be a core offering of Global Kids, has been taught to other organizations (like MOUSE), and informed my gaming-programs at the American Museum of Natural History.