Sarasota resident and recent Pine View School graduate Jade Fischer has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Growing Strong STEMs.
Fischer, who plans to major in physics and planetary science in college, has a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math. She realized how underrepresented low-income students were in STEM fields throughout the United States and decided to take matters into her own hands.
Fischer created a mentoring program and after-school workshop series to introduce students to STEM in relatable, exciting ways. Students participating learn about robotics, create their own mini-motors, and gain experience with CorelDRAW software. Fischer hopes the students will also develop a newfound appreciation for technology.
Her goal is to expand the program into lower-income areas of Boston, where she will be attending college at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
“I realized my own love of teaching and the satisfaction of making a difference in people’s lives,” Fischer said. “I feel that I can make a difference in the world and I am more confident in my abilities.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.