Paper Technology Program Inspires Girls to Seek STEM Careers


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Sappi North America—pulp, paper & packaging products—in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Maine, has announced the rollout of the National Paper Scientist Patch Program. The program teaches girls the science and technology of the pulp & paper industry.

The first-of-its-kind program initially welcomed Girl Scouts from the State of Maine in 2017 to attend a paper scientist expo at Sappi’s Technology Center in Westbrook, ME. Girl Scouts participated in activities ranging from papermaking to recycling, and earning their Paper Scientist Patch at the expo’s conclusion. With the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) entering as a partner in 2022, the Girl Scout Patch Program has expanded nationally—celebrating the science and technology of the pulp & paper industry.

According to Sappi management, “Paper-based products are such a huge part of our everyday life—the books we read, product packaging and the tissues we use—it’s important for people to understand what an amazing renewable material it is; and the exciting career paths it offers both women & men.”

To earn the patch, participants complete activities at six stops on the virtual map. Each stop includes interactive & educational exercises that teach about the different parts of a tree, how paper is made, the use of pulp and paper in items found at home and the importance of recycling.

This initiative is an example of Sappi’s commitment to the advancement of women and making positive impact on communities. In 2021, the company exceeded its goal and appointed 21% of women in senior management positions. To learn more about Sappi North America and the Girls Scouts Paper Scientist Patch Program, please visit this link.

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