Ambassador Girl Scout Poonam Vaidya (Rainbow Stars Service Unit – Troop 721) and Senior Girl Scout Kalpana Vaidya of New Territory (Rainbow Stars Service Unit- Troop 724) completed their Girl Scout Gold Award. The award involves more than a year of work, including a minimum of 80 hours of planning and leading a project that benefits the community and will have a long-term impact on the girl’s community.
The issue Poonam addressed was research indicated that the performing arts can provide people who have support needs with a sense of value and a sense of community. Through Dances around the World camp, the participants at the Texana Learning Center were taught life skills while at the same time experienced dances from around the world as an expressive art form.
The issue Kalpana addressed was science education needs to be transformed from dull to exciting to lure more students into the field. Ms. Vaidya believed that hands-on investigative learning was an ideal way to do this and The World of Science was created. In one night, the over 300 participants learned about rocks and geology (ExxonMobil), sound waves (AHS Science Club), and chemistry (HMNS-Sugar Land) through interactive demonstrations, made a paper airline, handled a baby alligator and saw the Moon and Jupiter.
Ms. P. Vaidya- junior and Ms. K. Vaidya – freshman at Stephen F. Austin High School are the daughters of Shekhar and Asha Vaidya. Mrs. Asha Vaidya is also an active adult member of Girl Scouting.