Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland would like to congratulate one of our Senior Girl Scouts, 15-year-old Maureen "Reeny" Botros of Wichita, for being invited to participate as an exhibitor at the White House Science Fair! This year’s Fair, which features dozens of innovative projects, designs and experiments focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), also includes a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.
Reeny, one of the students selected from across America to be in the White House Science Fair hosted by President Obama, is presenting her "Illumi-cize" project that tackles the problem of childhood obesity. Inspired by First Lady Michele Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, Reeny wanted to make physical activity not just feel good, but also look good.
Her Illumi-cize invention uses a pulse meter to measure heart rate and sends the information to a battery-powered computer chip, which is programmed to illuminate light-up accessories based on the intensity of a person’s physical activity. The wearable device includes an SD card that collects and stores the data gathered during a workout, which can be analyzed and tracked by the user. Reeny also developed a wristband that can be programmed to shine red, yellow, or green to signal whether and how much person’s heart rate is elevated beyond its normal resting range. The invention took the top prize at the Kansas Junior Academy of Science competition.
Reeny, a homeschool student who also attends Wichita State University, was previoiusly named the 3M/Discovery Channel Kansas Top Young Scientist. A proud Girl Scout since she was a Girl Scout Daisy, Reeny has been the recipient of both the Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Awards. She represented Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland at the Girl Scout Leadership Institute during the 2014 National Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City. She also won the Kansas State University Manhattan Math Olympiad last year, has served on the Wichita Mayor's Youth Council, and volunteers at WSU's Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education.
Reeny Botros, left, was selected to be an exhibitor at the March 23 White House Science Fair. She is pictured here during the 2014 National Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City.