Future leader’s winner is already attracting more girls to STEM – CBS Denver
CASTLE ROCK, Colorado (CBS4) – Every month during the school year, CBS4 and PDC Energy honor a high school student who excels in science, technology, engineering or math, STEM. The Future Leaders winner receives $ 1,000 and a CBS4 newscast profile.
This month’s winner is Sophie Reynolds. She is a rising senior at Castle View High School and has already become a leader in recruiting more girls into biotechnology.
“I hope I can inspire more women in STEM, especially biotechnology,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds achieves this goal through a website she created called Exploring Biotech.
“I’ve never created a website before, but I had a lot of fun with it,” she explained.
Reynolds built the website as part of her Gold Award, Girl Scout’s Highest Achievement, and a community service project.
“At first I was nervous to try because I didn’t know what I was going to do or if I could even finish my Gold Award, but I’m very glad I did,” she said. declared.
Reynolds has developed a patch pack, full of activities that Scouts can do to earn the biotech patch she helped design.
“One of them that I found very funny is called Biotech Bingo. So girls should walk around their homes looking for items that have been produced with or have been assisted by biotechnology, ”Reynolds explained.
“I love your patch. It’s so, so beautiful. You did such a good job, ”Lauren Whitney, CBS4 chief meteorologist, said in the interview.
In addition to the website and patch pack, Reynolds has developed workshops focused on four different grade levels. She consulted with teachers to find homework that would inspire young minds.
“One of the activities is a genetic science ethics activity, which is basically an ethical issue, like would you clone your dog if he died?” she explained.
“It’s so fabulous that you did all of this,” Whitney told him.
“I just wanted to help other girls know that it’s not scary to join biotech,” she said.
LINK: Check out other Future Leaders winners