Irene De Haan tripped over her words as she talked about astrophysics.
The 17-year-old student at the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology in Reno loves the sciences – specifically astronautical engineering and architecture. Since a young age, she was fascinated by the sciences. As she’s grown older, she said she realizes how important an early exposure to the scientific world is.
So when a national organizer for the March for Science reached out to De Haan to help get younger generations involved in the movement, she couldn’t decline. Somehow, between AP classes, Girl Scouts and engineering clubs, De Haan fit in organizing a national movement as well.
De Haan is part of Science Teens – a teen outreach team comprised of 15 dedicated teenage leaders across the United States and Canada working to get young people involved in the movement.
“We’re the future,” De Haan said while sitting at a picnic bench outside of her school. “If we’re not interested in science, if we’re not interested in the world around us and if we’re not interested in what makes up our lives, then we’re not going to get anything done.”
Organizer for the March for Science Caroline Weinberg oversees the group of teenagers “working to change the whole world,” she said.
“In the first few days after the march went viral, we had upwards of 45,000 people offer to volunteer, and a lot of them were high school students,” Weinberg said in a phone interview with…
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