As a project for my Girl Scout Gold Award I created a program where 350+ middle schoolers have hands-on STEM experiences and learn about how the activities relate to real world careers. The opportunity to set goals and be exposed to experiences typically outside of the budget of most local families taught students to never let their circumstances define their future.

My adviser and I wrote for and were awarded a grant to fund the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) classes. I then contacted local STEM professionals and recruited them to share their experience.

What inspired you (or your team)?

65.4% of students at Covington Middle School are on free or reduced-price lunch. Often times this means families are not able to provide experiences beyond the classroom for students to dive deeper into their curiosities. I wanted to open the door for all students – regardless of family income – to have the opportunity to explore ALL options for potential career paths.