EDMONDS NEWS | A 19-year-old Meadowdale High School graduate recently received the Girl Scouts’ highest honor for her work to engage Edmonds School District fourth- and fifth-grade students in hands-on science.
Jessica Dyck was honored in June with the Girl Scout Gold Award, given to Girl Scouts who have changed their communities—and the world—in a way that has a sustainable impact.
The award recognized Dyck’s efforts to develop special STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) kits for students in Bob Shepard’s class at Seaview Elementary. The kits, each containing nine activities, were formulated using Next Generation Science Standards, which are the new guidelines regarding science curriculum in the Edmonds School District.
But the impact of her work didn’t stop with Seaview Elementary. The kits can now be found in all fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms in the Edmonds School District.
Science has been a passion for Dyck since a young age. “Science has always just clicked with me,” she said. “It’s like a big puzzle that I can solve.” It’s this enthusiasm that pushed her to teach elementary school students in the way that she learned: hands-on science.
“When I can physically do science instead of studying it, I absolutely love it, ” said Dyck, who is now pursuing a double major in molecular and cellular biology – in addition to classical studies – at the University of Puget Sound. Since standardized testing starts at fourth and fifth grade, it’s important to show that science can still be “fun and mind-blowing at times,” she said. Otherwise, the test aspect of it “can deter young students and they chose to not enjoy science anymore.”
She is also committed to breaking down both the academic and gender barriers that some students face when engaging in science studies … Read the full story!