Montgomery County teenager creates online curriculum for STEM

At the start of the pandemic, a teenager from Montgomery County wanted to help his classmates learn about STEM. To do this, she created her own online program.

At the start of the pandemic, a teenager in Montgomery County, Maryland wanted to help his fellow students learn about science, technology, engineering and math. To do this, she created her own online program.

Sarah Bagheri is a rising senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel Secondary School in Olney. When the pandemic started, she had an idea.

“I feel like we were thrown into a pandemic and nobody was ready,” Bagheri said. “I wanted all children to have free access to education.”

So she and her older brother Brandon started MoCo Scientists for Kids. It is a half-hour video program hosted every two weeks via Webex, a web conferencing platform. In the program, Bagheri speaks live with experts in STEM fields. Students can also participate and ask their own questions.

“If they miss it, I also post podcasts online,” she says.

Sarah Bagheri launched MoCo Scientists for Kids at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of Sarah Bagheri)

Bagheri says she wants to be a doctor one day, so producing the program has helped her as well.

“I really want to impact everyone,” Bagheri said. “So I wanted to teach other kids about different aspects of STEM.”

Topics and experts featured on MoCo Scientists for Kids range from healthcare, veterinary medicine, marine biology, artificial intelligence and more.

“I definitely learned a lot… It really affects me when I listen to them,” Bagheri said.

The program is open to students of all ages. You can find a program for the next episode on the MoCo Scientists for Kids website.

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