According to WILX-TV 10, the Girl Scouts of the USA is unveiling a major push this week into furthering the interest of girls in science, engineering, technology and math through 23 new badges.

Other offerings among the new badges focus on the outdoors, including meteorology and conservation.

Scouting Vice President Jennifer Allenbach oversaw the new programming effort.  She says engaging girls in STEM before second grade goes a long way for schooling and careers.