Madelyn Zarembka and 'Greater Than STEM'

Madelyn Zarembka and 'Greater Than STEM'
Posted on 09/25/2019
A few months ago, OSLN asked STEM students across Ohio to respond to its third annual essay contest: Tell us about a problem in your life, community or world. How did you learn about it? How are you using STEM skills to solve it?

After reading through dozens of submissions, this year’s high school winner is Madelyn Zarembka from NIHF STEM High School
My name is Madelynn Zarembka, and I am a senior at the National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School. During my time in both middle and high school, I have taken many honors courses, including Chinese, chemistry, calculus and physics. Over the summer of my freshman year, I was given the opportunity to travel to China. I was able to use the Chinese I learned to communicate with people and develop a respect for their culture. I was also able to attend a school, where I could practice conversing with Chinese students my age. This was a fantastic cultural experience.

The major I wish to pursue is meteorology and possibly a minor in broadcast journalism. This is an important field because not many women wish to pursue a STEM career. As a female in society going into a STEM field, I feel unique.

This made me decide to tackle the problem of carbon footprint in my community. I recently completed an after-school program at the elementary school I attended when I was younger. This was my senior capstone project called the Environmental Heroes Club with fifth-graders. I believe this is important because educating the next generation of students can start a conversation about changing the way we live on our planet. Throughout the program, the students I was working with were very interested about how we need to do something about climate change very soon. I helped the students develop easy ways to make more environmentally friendly decisions.

The STEM skills I used were the capstone steps Identify, Investigate, Interpret, Ideate, Implement and Inform – which are steps that I used to help get through my design process of creating and doing the after-school program. I went over different topics including waste, water, food and weather/carbon footprint, which are all environmental issues in today’s society.

Overall, I feel like I made a positive impact on my community by completing this after-school program. I believe creating this after-school program will be very successful in attempting to solve the problem of carbon footprint because elementary students will now be educated on how they can get involved to help save the environment. Since the next generation of students will be well educated on this issue, the future of global warming may be brighter.
Read more (including the essay of the middle school winner) at >>.
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