SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Briana McGowan, a junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, has completed her Girl Scouts Gold Award Project.

The Girl Scout created a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program through the YMCA elementary school aftercare program. She conducted workshops at each of the five local elementary schools (School One, McGinn, Brunner, Evergreen, and Coles).

"Each day, I focused on a different topic (ex: chemical reactions, density, physical properties, etc.) and taught the kids through fun experiments," McGowan said. "I began the program in early March and ended in the beginning of May. The goal of my project was to make kids more interested in science with the hope that they may wish to pursue a career in a STEM field."

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"STEM careers are becoming more and more prevalent in the workforce and are what lead to new discoveries and cures," McGowan added. "Even if I opened one child's eyes to the endless opportunities regarding STEM, I can call my project a success."

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.