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Past Volunteer Spotlights

Each month, we are happy to highlight a volunteer at GSHCC who dedicates their time and talent to Girl Scouts. Below you can read our past volunteers of the month.

May 2018: Nicole Nuñez
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This month, we’re excited to highlight Nicole Nuñez, a cancer research scientist, who volunteers in the Sacramento STEM Center + MakerSpace. 


Name: Nicole Nuñez

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?
No (but I wish I was!)

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts?
5 months (began January 2018).

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts?
I volunteer for Girl Scouts because I believe that girls deserve an environment where they can take calculated risks, build their confidence and develop critical skillsets in STEM that are essential for ensuring society’s prosperous future.  

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts?
My favorite thing about volunteering for Girl Scouts is that girls get a chance to get hands on experience implementing their own creative ideas to solve problems. When taking a risk, we don’t always succeed, but Girl Scouts teaches girls that with every failure comes a learning experience that can be used to make your next idea even better!

What advice would you give to young girls interested in learning more about the STEM fields?
There are now more STEM fields to choose from than ever before, with fascinating combinations at the interface of multiple sectors such as engineering textiles for fashion, creating new foods with biochemistry, and coding for medical applications. Think about what you like to do for fun and see how you can integrate innovative STEM ideas into your hobbies!

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?
Caramel deLites

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?

  • Theater and dance performances such as acting and crew volunteer
  • Running, snowboarding and back-county hiking
  • Painting, scrapbooking, and creative applications to projects 
June 2018: Rathish Jayabharath
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Rathish Jayabharathi has been volunteering with Girl Scouts for many years. During the fall of 2016, Rathish joined the GSHCC Community Task Force to plan what would become the new STEM Center + MakerSpace. Since then he has given countless hours sharing his expertise and passion, and leading Robotics workshops in the STEM Center for Girl Scouts at all age levels. Thank you Rathish for all you do to introduce girls to STEM and Robotics!  

 

 

Name: Rathish Jayabharathi

Where do you work and what do you do?
I work at Intel Corporation and am the Chief Technologist for System Content and work within the Manufacturing Validation Performance (MVP) area.

Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where?
No, but I was a Boy Scout and a scout leader.

How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts?
7+ years

Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts? 
I volunteer to increase awareness of STEAM-related careers amongst girls. I have noticed there are several pre-conceived notions about Math and Science even among middle-schoolers and exposing younger girls to STEAM careers and opportunities helps them break through these critical barriers.

What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts?
The enthusiasm and the joy that is expressed when a child/girl gets the robot to move (basically their first experience in programming a robot) is priceless.

What advice would you give to young girls interested in learning more about the STEM fields?
Give it a try and you will enjoy it (don’t say you are not interested before trying something out). I have had several girls say that they do not like programming until they first tried it. After that they had commented that is was easy and fun. It is awesome to see that sense of accomplishment, and so my goal is to make my workshops more fun than following a strict curriculum.

Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor?
Thin Mints

Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies?
Wildlife photography and robotics are two of my favorite hobbies.