The Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada honored DD LaPointe with one of the five “TRIUMPHANT–Celebrating Women in Leadership” awards. “Each of our honorees represents one of Girl Scout’s five focus areas: Environmental Leadership, Healthy Living, S.T.E.M., Community Service, and Financial Literacy.”
Girl Scouts 2016 Triumphant Honoree
Women Changing Nevada: S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Shown above: page 8 from the “Triumphant” program, November 17, 2016
Cami Prenn nominated DD for this honor “in recognition of D.D. LaPointe’s dedication to the students and teachers of Nevada in motivating and educating them in the earth sciences and the study of geology.”
“DD is the Outreach Coordinator for Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and has been the key source of information about earth sciences for countless teachers and students in Nevada for over 30 years. In addition, she serves with the Nevada Mining Association’s Education Committee and organizes and teaches two workshops every year for Nevada’s teachers to give information, materials, and ideas for integrating earth science activities into classrooms.
Besides that, she is head of the Education Committee for the Geological Society of Nevada’s Foundation where she organizes and administers the K-12 Field Trip Grant program that awards funds for transportation for classes to visit points of geologic interest. DD is a perennial volunteer for GSN Foundation’s student programs, scholarships for UNR and UNLV students, field camp grants for geology students’ field camp course and works hard to raise funds for those programs.
In addition, she regularly assists with tours of the W.M. Keck Mineral Museum at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering and keeps a supply of mineral specimens to give students at career fairs or science fairs to pique their interest and give them a souvenir to take home.” (excerpt taken from nomination by Cami Prenn)
Congratulations to DD!
Girl Scouts and STEM