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Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Emily

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Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Emily, a 15-year-old who collects funds and used tablets to donate to schools to encourage STEM education.

1.  What Inspired you to start “Empowering Students Around the World”? 
In the 6th grade, I attended a Title 1 school in my community that lacked resources in science and technology, which are the areas that I’m passionate about.  By the 8th grade, I transferred to a school that makes technology and innovation it’s priority.  That year at my new school, I was partnered with a first grader and I was so amazed at how proficient she was using a tablet to learn how to code.  By being exposed to the technology and resources, a first grader was learning to code!  On a global level, the gap in technological access between developed and underdeveloped economies is even more pronounced.  With the increasing role that technology plays in education and economic opportunity, it is clear that the technology and science gap will need to be closed if these countries are to develop their economies and standards of living.
2.  Why is your work important to you?
I know there are students out there with the interest and ability to learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), but they lack access to these resources.  STEM is an important field that doesn’t have a lot of diversity-I hope that by getting students interested at a young age, they might be willing to pursue a STEM career.
 
3.  How did the money from the grant help with your project?
I was able to donate a set of 10 Kindle Fire tablets to a Title 1 elementary school in my community through the generous grant from Karma for Cara.  I was able to provide a lesson on coding to a 5th grade class with the donated tablets.  The tablets will be able to be utilized for many years, so that each year new students will have access to the technology.
4.  What message of giving back do you have for others?
My lifelong experience with Girl Scouts is what has given me the skills to complete each aspect of my project.  I would like to inspire others to find a problem in an area they are passionate about and to use their creativity to find a unique solution to empower people all over the world.
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