Q&A With Microgrant Recipient McKenzie


Meet microgrant recipient McKenzie (14) from Jackson, MS. During summers and throughout the school year, she facilitates science workshops at locations such as public libraries, Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army Camps, daycares, church camps and after school programs to spread the love of science and show kids how much fun learning about the world around them can be. The workshops involve fun, hands-on experiments that kids don’t experience in their school classrooms & represent different STEM concepts.

  1. What inspired you to start this project? My mom inspired me to do this project. Every since I can remember I’ve always done science shows with my mom. Science is my strongest subject in school. I started out doing science experiments for the community when I was a part of my middle school science club. Although we don’t have a science club at my high school, I still continue doing STEM activities with younger children. I love seeing the excitement on little kids’ faces when they see something amazing in science. The main event that we did STEM activities for took place on February 11, 2020 where over 400 people came out to do science activities. We did fun, hands on experiments with kids and their parents. We allowed the kids to touch, experiment, and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math. Not only did the kids learn and have a lot of fun, but their parents experienced the same thing. 
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project? 65
  3. Other than you, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project? 30
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project?  15
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 15
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project?  850
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you?  That I actually received the grant money.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? I learned that I love mentoring and teaching science to others.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? I will continue to teach science to others even if I don’t get any other funds.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?  K4C was helpful because it provided the funds we needed to purchase the supplies that we use during our STEM activities.