Hi! My name is Asma and as of today, I'm officially launching Project GUST as a side project of mine! I read this article the other day, and what stuck out to me was that a large percentage of girls begin to lose interest in science-related topics by middle school.
Yeah, some part of me is appalled by the statistics, but I'm also somewhat unfazed by it. It makes sense. I'm a junior in high school, and I've seen the way a lot of my friends have slowly given up on their lofty ambitions as we grew up.
But just because it exists doesn't mean it's acceptable.
GUST stands for Girls Unlocking Science & Technology. I think it is important for young girls to understand that they can pursue whatever they are passionate about -- and that there is a lot to be excited about. GUST is going to partner with local schools starting next month, where we will establish STEM clubs and engage elementary school-aged girls in a variety of scientific topics.
Each meeting will consist of a brief lesson and discussion on the day's topic, which will be followed by an experiment or activity related to the subject. Experiments and activities are the best way to get students excited by a topic; hands-on experience really does make a difference. I used to have a big book of science experiments as a kid, and I still fondly look back on enjoying each and every one of them. It's my goal to make sure the GUST kids feel the same way someday.