Summer break for young students can be such an exciting time, but this vacation can have two big downsides: 1) Kids aren’t practicing the skills they’ve learned in school for nearly 3 months, and 2) they tend to get bored without much to do for so long. A great solution to solve BOTH of these problems together is conducting exciting experiments at home over the break!
I have found some of my favorite experiments to do with children and am sharing the links. The best part is that all of these activities are extremely affordable (you probably have most of the supplies you need already). Hopefully these will serve as inspiration in helping make STEM a blueprint for problem solving for your kiddos while having a good time!
Soap-Powered Model Boat:
Dancing Gummy Worms:
Making Crystal Geodes:
Pop Rocks to Blow Up Balloon:
One of my favorite parts of being a titleholder is visiting classrooms, and I have had so much fun sharing my platform, STEM: A Blueprint for Problem Solving.
Getting to show students how they can incorporate the lessons taught in STEM into other areas of study and their everyday lives is so rewarding. Our nation is struggling to stay competitive with other developed countries in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math; because of this, it is vital for our students to embrace the lessons of STEM and apply them to problem solving in all areas of life in order to ensure a thriving economy in the future.
Guiding the students through the Dancing Gummy Worms experiment, reading a book called Ada Twist, Scientist, and guiding students through the IDEAL problem solving strategy are all ways I help students recognize the relevance of STEM to get them excited about participating fully in these courses.
Thank you to all of the schools that have welcomed me into their classrooms to share my message!
Wow! What a busy yet AMAZING semester it has been! I am so excited to be competing in the Miss Mississippi pageant this summer in Vicksburg as Miss Parade of Beauties 2017! A spot opened up in the pageant, and after lots of prayer and thought, I decided to take advantage of this incredible opportunity and compete. The pageant is June 21-24th. I am contestant #38 in Group C, so I will be competing in evening gown on Wednesday, swimsuit on Thursday and talent on Friday, and a new Miss Mississippi will be crowned that Saturday night! I cannot wait for this opportunity to promote my platform, STEM: A Blueprint for Problem Solving, as well as the Children’s Miracle Network. Stay tuned for updates on my year as I visit schools and attend philanthropic events in the months to come!
I had the amazing privilege of representing my sorority, Delta Delta Delta, in the 2017 Ole Miss Parade of Beauties, and I am so honored to have been crowned Ole Miss Most Beautiful 2017! I had a blast competing alongside 62 other amazing contestants. I am so excited for this phenomenal opportunity to represent the university that means so much to me this year! ❤
2016 has been one of the best years yet! There have been some amazing new opportunities for leadership and service, participation in pageantry and a whole lot of fun as well!
At the beginning of the year, I judged the Miss Los Angeles County Pageant in California, placed in the top 10 at the Ole Miss Parade of Beauties and had the privilege of watching my little sister be crowned Miss Spirit of Arkansas Outstanding Teen! I loved these opportunities to stay plugged in with pageantry.
The spring semester was an extremely busy one with sorority and fraternity functions as well as continued involvement with Ole Miss Cru (an on campus ministry that leads students to faith), Tri Delta and the Panhellenic Council as my sorority’s Junior Panhellenic Delegate and Task Force member, and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar as one of the head Junior Counselors.
I had the most amazing summer serving as a counselor at Camp Ozark in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. I had the incredible opportunity to work on the ropes course and canopy tour everyday, mentor campers age 7-9, help share the Gospel with dozens of children, and make friends with counselors from dozens of different universities across the country. It was an extremely challenging yet overwhelmingly rewarding job that I will always be grateful for. This past semester I was able to serve as a Campus Rep at Ole Miss and help with the recruitment process for the 2017 summer!
Right after camp I headed back to school for my sophomore year, and the best time of the year had arrived- football season! It was a rough season for Ole Miss, but I loved cheering on the Rebs regardless. Hotty toddy!
In mid-October we welcomed home some precious new dolphins to the Tri Delta house! 5 amazing girls from Arkansas were in our new pledge class along with over 100 other new members. It was so exciting and rewarding seeing our hard work pay off on bid day. Shortly after rush week we elected a new slate, and I am so proud and honored to serve as our new Panhellenic Delegate!
The fun continued my first semester of sophomore year when we kicked off swap season, formals and date parties. Dressing up to the fun themes and spending time with my sorority sisters is always a blast!
2016 has been an unforgettable year with so many amazing opportunities for growth. I cannot wait to see what 2017 will hold! ❤
My sisters and I had so much fun shooting with one of Little Rock’s biggest upcoming photographers, Wallace Lee. He is only 16 but is already doing amazing things in the photography industry. We got some great pictures for our Christmas cards 🙂 Thank you for such a great shoot, Wallace!
One of my favorite parts of my Ole Miss experience is being in the Honors College, and that is largely because of the amazing people I have met through it. Lee Nguyen is one of these awesome people! We had our Honors 101 and 102 classes together our freshman year. Lee has been building his photography portfolio, and we decided to team up for one of the most fun shoots I have ever been a part of! We ventured all over rural Mississippi to get some killer shots. Check him out on Instagram @leesphotoemporium!