Friday, April 25, 2014

Girl Scout Katelynne Marsan Wins Big at ExxonMobile Texas State Science and Engineering Fair

Katelynne Marsan is a Girl Scout that is changing the world right here in the Central Texas Council. Her great curiosity and enthusiasm for STEM led her to a second place victory at the ExxonMobile Texas State Science and Engineering Fair. Her project, “Effects of Biased Verbal Instructions on Student Performance and Motivation”, used statistical methods Analysis of Covariance and the Pearson Test of Bivariate Correlations to investigate the change in results when different instructions were given before a test. Katelynne enlisted the help of three eighth grade science teachers, two-thirds of the eighth grade class, a professor, and three doctoral students at the University of Texas to complete and fully analyze her project.
            To participate in the ExxonMobile Texas State Science and Engineering Fair Katelynne had to compete in several regional fairs before that. From these regional fairs only three projects advance from each category. This means that Katelynne’s second place statewide victory is an enormous accomplishment that many don’t achieve. She knows that the STEM field holds a lot of promise and is excited for her early start.
            Katelynne is a freshman at Dripping Springs High School where she belongs to troop 2009. She plans to become a neuropsychologist, a career that is very closely related to her project. She is plans on earning her Gold Award and is also an amazing candidate for Young Women of Distinction. To top it all off, she also participates in band and drill team at school. 
Congratulations from GSCTX on this amazing accomplishment, Katelynne! We can’t wait to see all the ways in which you’ll change the world!


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