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 presentations and many things that I discussed in my classes: https://sites.google.com/wwprsd.org/stempowering-our-lady-pirates
3. What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project?
Even though I was teaching the kids different topics such as aerodynamics in parachutes or simple machines in Rube Goldberg designs, I believe that I constantly learned something from each and every one of them as well. They taught me how to be a better teacher and helped me better understand which teaching methods worked best. When I saw how many students became more excited about answering questions and doing the activities, I realized that these classes are making a difference in the local community, and it has also inspired me to always continue pursuing my dreams of going into the medical field and continue my love for STEM.
4. Anything else you'd like to share?
To any girls (and boys) reading this right now: always continue exploring your passions.