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Visitation Academy Girl Scout empowers future female engineers


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St. Louis, MO – September 27, 2018 ─ Molly Frei, an upcoming 2019 graduate of Visitation Academy in Town and Country, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Frei exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Frei was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

Despite making up almost half of the U.S. workforce, women remain underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), holding only 24 percent of STEM-related jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  As a member of FIRST® Robotics through Girl Scouts, Frei felt empowered to help all G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM gain access to STEM opportunities. For her Gold Award project, Frei constructed three activity packs called “Tinker Boxes” for second through fourth grade students. The boxes contained lesson plans and materials like paperclips and beads for hands-on engineering exercises. She also led a week-long STEM camp in her backyard, focusing on using science and math to problem solve. Frei donated her Tinker Boxes to early education students at Visitation Academy’s Lower School, an all-girls school that will use her lesson plans for future STEM programs.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million Girl Scouts in ninth through 12th grade have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.

A young woman who has earned the Gold Award is a community leader. Gold Award Girl Scouts report a more positive sense of self, are more engaged civically and in community service, have more confidence in their leadership abilities, and experience greater life satisfaction and success relative to their non-Gold Award peers. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are:

  • Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
  • Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
  • Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit girlscoutsem.org/join.