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Rockwood Summit Students Earn Girl Scout Gold Awards

 Rockwood Summit students Mira Iyer and Gracie Steinmeyer earned their Girl Scout Gold AwardsMira Iyer and Gracie Steinmeyer, seniors at Rockwood Summit High, recently earned the Gold Award through the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for demonstrating extraordinary leadership through a measurable and sustainable community service project.

After reading the nutrition label for her favorite and seemingly healthy snacks, like protein bars and veggie chips, Iyer realized the large amount of sugar and preservatives in these foods. Recognizing that these snacks are marketed to busy teens, Iyer decided to take action and combat the issue of unhealthy snacking among her peers.

Iyer committed more than 213 hours to develop her app, CHOMP, created for users to better understand their bodies and the foods they eat. Iyer developed her app to ensure it had an easy-to-use interface and utilized unintimidating nutritional terminology to help teenagers understand their bodies and process the foods they eat each day. Iyer worked with a local SSM Health dietician, who provided knowledge and guidance so the app better equips users with the tools to read nutrition labels and choose healthier snack options.

Steinmeyer, an eight-year Girl Scouts Robotics team member, recognized firsthand the need for more in-depth programming tutorials. After advancing in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competitions, Steinmeyer and her team struggled to find comprehensive tutorials on Java programming.

So, to earn her Gold Award, Steinmeyer filmed five tutorial videos on how to set up and program a robot using OnBot Java and Blocks Programming for FTC robotics teams. Steinmeyer then hosted a workshop for more than 20 robotics teams that covered TensorFlow software and how to program for machine learning. Steinmeyer also visited three elementary schools to present FTC demo bots and other STEM activities to the students.

The Gold Award is earned by a high-school-aged Girl Scout who has dedicated, on average, more than 80 hours to address an issue she is passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and permanent change. Whether it is on a local, national or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to pressing and relevant challenges.

Iyer and Steinmeyer were recognized along with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Maryville University on June 12.