February SWENexter Meet & Greet: Madalyn

Last month, we discussed all of the STEM-themed Girl Scout badges and Journeys that you could earn. This month, we wanted to introduce you to a young woman who has channeled her passion for STEM toward improving her community.

Meet Gold Award Girl Scout and SWENexter, Madalyn!Madalyn_SWENexter Meet & Greet

Madalyn is currently working on her Gold Award project and plans to present it to her council this year. The goal of her Gold Award project is to advance women in STEM and STEM diversity. Her project especially focuses on young women in underserved and underrepresented communities.

Madalyn knows that exposing young girls to STEM and female role models early help get them excited about these subjects. Perhaps their interests will continue to high school, when they can join STEM-themed clubs. Perhaps later in life, they might pursue a career in STEM.

Madalyn fell in love with STEM when she was in 6th grade. She sees her Gold Award Project as her way of “paying it forward” as a champion for STEM Diversity. Madalyn is very passionate about providing resources and opportunities in STEM to girls in those in underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Madalyn’s hard work is to bridge the gender gap by promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM.

One of her biggest accomplishments is the establishment of a successful FIRST Robotics program at a Title 1 middle school in a low socio-economic community in San Diego, CA. This program has been growing since she started it three years ago. Seeing this program thrive has inspired Madalyn to keep pushing.

Madalyn, herself, has a strong network of women role models who have inspired her to take interest in STEM. She has won a number of awards for her involvement in the FIRST Robotics program at her middle school and in SWENext. Among them are:

  • WE Local 2021 STEM in Action Award.
  • FIRST Dean’s List Winner 2020 for her participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition. This award is the most prestigious FIRST award that an individual can win. She is the third person in her county to win this award.
  • Northrop Grumman SWENext Community Award in August 2020 for creating a presentation poster on Cybersecurity. As a winner, she presented her poster at SWE’s Virtual Symposium.
  • Girls Living STEM Award from STEM Ecosystem 2020 because of her leadership in STEM. She was awarded with $700 that would provide robotics kits to the school of her choice. Madalyn chose a Title 1 elementary school.

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