Monday, March 17, 2014

Gold Award Spotlight: Reaching New Altitudes

Girl Scout Ambassador Lauren from Newport News recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting. For her project, Lauren wanted to create an opportunity for local youth to gain knowledge in the fields of aviation, aerospace and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

She created lesson plans to teach children in local community groups about the fundamentals of flight, the importance of STEM as a whole and about resources they can use to pursue interests in STEM, including local museums, events and summer camps. Lauren led activities that allowed children to build airplane models, see things fly and learn about aviation history.

Lauren chose this project because she recognizes a trend in education that focuses on children passing standardized tests, rather than encouraging children to pursue innovative thoughts and be challenged in the fields that interest them. By creating opportunities for children to be engaged in STEM activities, Lauren gave the children that she worked with experience, education and intrigue in the STEM fields.

“As a military child, I’ve always liked aviation,” Lauren said. “My teachings will lay a foundation for youth to build on their understanding of aviation and the role it plays in their everyday lives.”

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in their community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Lauren to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.