Girl Scout Gold Awardee – Shivangi
“Soarin’ with STEM”
1. What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?
My Gold Award project was entitled “Soarin’ with STEM.” The purpose of my project was to motivate and encourage young girls to view STEM subjects as a great avenue for their future careers. Currently, there is a huge under-representation of women in STEM fields, particularly due to the negative impact of media and marketing in the toy and film industries as well as a lack of exposure to STEM opportunities at an early age. Through this project, I hoped to inspire young girls through hands-on learning, interactive discussions and role-playing exercises that they are equally as capable of pursuing STEM careers as boys.
2. What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?
The community benefited immediately because after taking the classes, children felt more confident and excited about their science and math classes at school as they mentioned through surveys. Both girls and boys were more excited to interact together at the same level through the many team-related experiments that I gave them to perform. I hope that through early exposure to STEM through these classes, both girls and boys will be more confident in pursuing a STEM career in the future if they choose to do so. For anyone who wishes to sustain my project, I created a whole website with links to my powerpoint pr...