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Girl Scout Risha Hegde earns Gold Award

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November 2019
Girl Scout Risha Hegde earns Gold Award

Risha Hegde, a senior at Wheeler High School, Marietta, GA, and a Girl Scout since she was in Grade 2, has earned the Girl Scout’s Gold Award for her project, “Girls Run the Cloud,” which aims to inspire more girls to develop interest in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). 

After seeing few girls in her AP Computer Science Principles class, Risha decided to create a project to inspire girls to get interested in this rapidly growing field. She designed and conducted STEM workshops, one in Marietta and one in Karnataka, India.

For more than a year, Risha researched useful STEM topics to learn, enlisted experts, speakers, and volunteers to help with project tasks, created a workshop curriculum, raised funds, secured venues, and created and distributed publicity material. From the funds she raised, she also donated a laptop to the school in India, so the students there could keep exploring computers and technology. The students were so happy with her workshops that she is willing to continue the presentations.

Here is some feedback from the girls who attended the workshop:
“My mom made me come to this because I don’t like anything to do with computers. But, after seeing EarSketch, I really enjoyed using it! I love music and I thought it was cool that you put computers and music together.” - USA workshop.

I really don’t know much about computers! I’m surprised to see how much you know about technology at such a young age!” -India workshop

If anybody is interested in hosting “Girls Run the Cloud” workshop,they can contact Risha via her website. For more information,visit : https://sites.google.com/view/girlsrunthecloud/home.

[The article above contains additional material not in the print and digital issues.]

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