Girl Scouts, Trinity Flatt, earns Her Gold Award Through STEM

Q. What inspired your Gold Award project?
A. I noticed children are not enjoying learning. My younger brother brings home a textbook and reads a chapter after his teacher gave a lesson earlier that day. He does not enjoy his classes and only memorizes the material to pass the test. When I was younger, my classes taught through hands-on learning, We completed science projects and played different math games to encourage learning.

Q. Short description of your project?
A. My project was to create STEM Boxes for the fourth-grade team. I compiled a list of different projects that encourage the students to think outside of the box and will help them learn through hands-on projects. I then created a list of all the materials that would be needed for the projects. Once that was completed, I met with my team to discuss our game plan. From there, we decided which companies we would ask for donations and which we would contact. We started sending out e-mails and phone calls asking for donations. Then we gathered donations. We held a few meetings for an inventory.

Q. What were the results or impact of your project?
A. My project had a positive impact on the students and teachers. I was able to give the children the opportunity to learn through hand-on projects. The kids enjoyed the different projects that were geared towards learning. The project they loved the most was Elephant Toothpaste. After using the projects, the teachers reported that students did better on their exams.

Q. What important lessons did you learn about yourself?
A. Important lessons I learned as a result of the Gold Award was the importance of working with others and how to work effectively. During my project, I worked with my team. I had to delegate the work and communicate often with them.

Q. How long have you been a Girl Scout?
A. I have been a Girl Scout for 13 years.

Q. What has Girl Scouting meant to you?
A. Girl Scouting has helped me learn and grow. Girl Scouting has given me confidence, leadership skills, and it has opened my horizons and has allowed a platform to grow and develop a sense of self.

Q. What high school do/did you attend?
A. I attended Arizona Virtual Academy and a concurrent enrollment plan with Estrella Mountain Community College.

Q. What are your future plans, after high school? 
A. I plan to go to Ottawa University then go to law school.

Q. Any other interesting information about yourself?
A. I am a part of the STEM Club and the Science of Cooking Club. Both encouraged my passion in education and creating STEM kits.

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