ST. PARIS – Science teacher Tracy Merica is serious about teaching inquiry and STEM pathways to girls. This summer a select group of girls will learn with her in a program through Dayton Power & Light’s Ohio Energy Project. Soon interested girls will go through an interview process to gauge presentation and current leadership skills in order to identify the group in early April.
The girls selected will participate in a three-day summer camp to become “energy leaders” and sharpen communication and leadership skills. The students will learn about team building skills and self-confidence exercises as they use the “kids teaching kids” approach at the camp.
“I love the idea that this project is for girls only,” Merica said. “This is an opportunity for girls who are interested in science to sharpen their leadership and presentation skills. The girls will present energy concepts using Ohio Energy Project’s ‘Kids teaching Kids’ approach in our district and conduct energy education and community outreach activities as decided by the team.”
As part of the project, the district will receive an energy bike valued up to $5,000 for student and staff use. Graham Middle School staff have introduce new STEAM courses and activities this year, including coding and inquiry activities for students.
Submitted by Graham Local Schools.