Women in Science: The Bug Girls
Although women make up nearly half of the workforce, less than 30% of the world’s researchers are women. By encouraging girls to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) we can change those statistics. For those of you that may not know us- we are The Bug Girls of Rose Pest Solutions. We are on a mission to encourage young women to pursue careers in science! Whether we’re giving mosquito advice on WGN or crafting paper butterflies at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, we are constantly working to share our passion for public health, community education, and pollinator awareness. Learn more about what each Bug Girl brings to the table. Collectively, our favorite part of our jobs is the variety of ways we get to make a positive change in our communities, paving the way for others to follow in our footsteps.
Working with the Girl Scouts
As well as a shared love for science, we each have additional passions that fuel our focus and help us connect deeper to the communities we serve. Sharing our individual passions has led us to join forces with the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Girl Scouts, and the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. We had such a blast sharing bug love and planting a pollinator garden with Troop 25774 that we knew we had to do more with the scouts. What’s next? Glad you asked! The Bug Girls are working on special programming to help scouts of various age groups achieve badges in bugs, nature, pollinators, gardening and more. We’re even brainstorming to create our very own badge! Stay tuned to follow our journey!
Putting Kids First
Children are our future! Inspiring a child to pursue science today may lead to life-changing future discoveries. The ability to invest in partnerships that reach future scientists and entomologists gives us great pride. Other than partnering with children’s museums, schools, girl scouts, and nature museums, we also keep a continuously growing list of resources for bug-lovers. Check out bug crafts, costumes, and bug activities. Also, Pestworldforkids.org is a great teaching resource organized by grade level. The site follows the education standards from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Don’t have time to dig through a webpage? Click and print out these pages directly: Ant Maze, Buggy Bingo Card, Connect the Dots, Word Scramble, and Word Search.
If you feel especially intrigued by what you’ve read and want to meet the Bug Girls for yourself, you’re in luck! You can join us August 15th for one of our absolute favorite events of the whole entire year, BUGAPALOOZA!!! Bug crafts, games, activities and even some special buggy snacks! This is such a wonderful event for all things BUGS. Check out highlights from a previous year here. Come celebrate all of the many creepy, crawly, and very cool critters that live around us! Hope to see you there!
Rose Pest Solutions appreciates being a cornerstone of pest knowledge for our community. It’s important to us to not only provide solutions when you need them, but to also be present, making a difference even when you don’t need help with pests. From preventing ants and mice to providing book and clothing drives- we are here for you. Have any questions? Give us a call at 800-GOT-PESTS?