Candlelit explosions illuminate the happy faces of young kids in a dark room. All of them have a desire to learn about science at Bailey Cage’s Science Adventure.
Cage, a senior, held the workshop to complete the Girl Scouts Gold Award and to educate children about science.
“I wanted to teach kids that science can be fun and entertaining so hopefully they will pursue it in the future,” Cage said.
The Gold Award is an achievement for Girl Scouts, Cage said.
“The Girl Scouts Gold Award is the highest award you can get in Girl Scouts,” she said. “It is the equivalent to the Eagle Scouts.”
Her father, Rominal Cage, who works for The Dallas Morning News, said the event shows what she will do in the future.
“She can organize an event and her passion for helping kids and teaching,” he said. “That’s going to be her place in life. She’s always going to be helping, teaching and helping animals.”
Rominal Cage says that Girl Scouts was the base for the whole operation, and who his daughter is today.
“She would never be able to do this if she hadn’t had 11 years of Girl Scouts because the Girl Scouts from day one has been teaching her organization and speaking skills,” he said. “She might just be a typical shy teenager, but Girl Scouts has brought it out to where she can lead an event like this.”
Another parent, Angela Grimoldo, brought her children because they’re in Girl Scouts too, and they see Bailey Cage as a role model.
“What we’ve been learning about in Girl Scouts is if they’re not connected to science before they leave elementary school they really lose their love for science,” Grimoldo said. “What our Girl Scouts are doing is a STEM badge. The STEM badge is teaching stuff like science, engineering, technology and math to these kids so that it’s fun and exciting for them.”
Grimoldo thinks that her children will benefit in the future from this experience.
“To see in the future and to see [Bailey] have a goal like my daughter’s, which is to be a veterinarian — she can look at Bailey and say, ‘That’s what I want to be like when I grow up,’ and it’s a really positive experience,” Grimoldo said.
Volunteer and senior Hailey Neu says the Science Adventure shows students that science isn’t scary.
“It’s not the hardest subject and science can be fun,” Neu said. “Overall, they’re going to be learning the basic science or the basic side of our higher-level activities. Even though they’re the super basic side, they’re still going to be impacted.”
Neu showed the kids how catalysts work with bubbles.
“For my experiments we’re putting soap bubbles into the reaction, so you can see the escaping of air from the soap so it makes the bubbles and foam,” Neu said.
Bailey Cage said she was very proud of every volunteer that came out to help with the event.
“I believe it went very well,” she said. “Everyone was impressed by the experiments and the amazing volunteers.”
KRIS ECKSTORM is a sophomore at Guyer High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” program for student journalists.