A day of science fun created by a teenage girl was enjoyed by female elementary students, who were happy to have an opportunity to really enjoy science activities and find out more about science in general.
15 year old Jacqueline Means created the STEM event known as the Wilmington Urban STEM Initiative. She is a sophomore at Delaware Military Academy.
“Some girls, they don’t do this type of stuff but they want to learn more about science,” said 8 year old Jayla Redden. “It’s good for your education, and you can just do it for fun.” Redden was one of dozens of girls who came for a day of experiments that were meant to spark a lifelong interest in science.
Means discovered that there are not enough girls who share her interest in science and engineering, and she resolved to change that. She wants to become a neurosurgeon.
“In Wilmington, they don’t really get to see those things,” Means said. “It’s about bringing girls together. We’re a unit. We’re a whole, and we’re doing this positive thing together.”