July Gold Award Highlight – Caroline
Jr. FIRST Lego League Program for the New Jersey School of the Deaf
1. What is the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?
After taking Sign Language class, I realized that the deaf community has limited exposure to many of the activities I have enjoyed. I was inspired to share my love of robotics with the students at New Jersey School for the Deaf. I started a Jr. FIRST Lego League Robotics team for them teaching them about simple machines, engineering, and programming. They created a Lego model and poster around the theme of recycling. They presented this model and poster at an expo and were overjoyed when they won the “Explosive Minds” award.
2. What sustainable impact does your Gold Award project have on the community?
I trained a teacher at the school how to run a Jr. FLL team and left the Lego kits and computer software at the school. The program continues to run and expose more hearing impaired students to STEM and robotics. They loved the expo and hopefully they will now consider STEM majors or careers in the future.
3. What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?
It is important for the community to remember that students with hearing impairments or other handicaps are very capable and enjoy a variety of learning opportunities just like other students.
4. Anything else you'd like to share?
I recommend doing the Gold Award to all Girl Scouts as a great way to give back to the community while improving leadership and organizational skills.