A group of worldwide volunteer 3D printer owners, Makers for COVID-19 combines technology, creativity and a sense of being part of the solution. And it happens to be run by a teenage girl.
Despite schools lending devices and cities getting creative about WiFi hotspot distribution, the divide between low and high-income students persists as a barrier to learning, and it’s a barrier that widens between genders.
“Where girls may have already been behind academically or struggling socially, those kinds of challenges could be magnified in a distance learning setting.”
“We often feel alone,” Wendy Gao said, now a senior at Oakton High School in Oakton, Va. “It’s hard trying to make big changes as kids in a game that’s controlled by the establishment and the older generation.”
17-year-old Stephanie Lopez started advocating at school board meetings for school resource officers (SROs)—armed, district-funded trained police officers—to be replaced with adult hall monitors. By involving staff who would get to know the students instead of giving them citation, Lopez is looking for a more holistic approach to student management.
“We always complain that our teachers don’t really like to listen to us, but the reality is that they can’t because it’s just so difficult for them to be able to manage the meager budget they get plus trying to help out with students who [need] assistance.”
Arizona’s student-to-counselor ratio is the worst in the nation, averaging at about 905 students per counselor. In response to this fact and personal experience, two teens helped lobby the state legislator for $20 million to increase mental health resources in Arizona schools to advocate for a “safe mind, safe campus.”
High school students in Southern California are answering the call to action and taking on the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Immigrants and refugees often do not have access to local news—and central Ohio teen Saideepika Rayala created a solution.
As an all-women and non-binary hackathon, Technica encourages females to combat the gender imbalance and imposter syndrome associated with STEM fields.
Tiara Darisaw knew something was wrong with the water in her Flint, Michigan home, when it tasted sweet. “Like big brown chocolate milk,” the 15-year old said.