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Seabrook Girl Scout teaches STEM topics to youth to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Grace S. led Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) events at the Helen Hall library to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

“This project taught me the importance of time management, the amount of research needed to host an event, and how to solve problems,” said Grace, a 2013 graduate of Clear Falls High School. “I was able to anticipate problems and fix them before they happened for both events and helped the library see the importance of continuing to provide STEM events.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

“I chose this project because it combines my two loves, science and reading,” said Grace. “The nature of this project allowed me to pass on my passions to the next generation. I piqued their interest in exploring the sciences.”

For her project, Grace led a team of volunteers in planning and leading the first two events of a STEM-based program for Helen Hall library. She taught students how to make “goo,” about static electricity, geometry, force, and pressure. Over one hundred people attended the events.

“Grace learns something form every activity or academic course she takes,” said Alice S., Grace's mother. “She thrives on learning new information and applying that information in new ways. The long process of setting up the two events gave her insight into the layers of people interactions and paperwork involved in bringing something new about. She has grown from the experience and become more aware of the need for involving young people in the STEM fields.”

Grace was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Clear Falls High School she was a member of National Science Honor Society, Knights for Humanity and went to the state competition for Health Occupations Students of America. This fall she will attend the University of Houston to study biotechnology.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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