Gianna Voce is a 15-year-old homeschool student from Northern Virginia. She has been interested in  STEM from an early age, teaching herself Python before starting a Girls Who Code club for homeschooled students. She is currently exploring an interest in programming, cybersecurity, and website design. She plans to graduate early and hopes to pursue a degree in engineering and data science. She has served her community in various ways through her involvement in American Heritage Girls, Wreaths Across America, welcoming veterans on Honor Flights at Dulles Airport, and volunteering at her local library and food pantry. Her outside interests including reading, art, writing, Krav Maga, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking.

Click here to view Gianna’s Winning STEM Project – a Constitution Website with sections for each age group! Explore her Middle School “Lego Amendments!”

 

Our Interview With Gianna!

Was this the first time you entered the contest?
Yes, this was my first time.

How did you hear about the contest?
I heard about this contest from the Constituting America website.

What inspired your work?
I knew I wanted to enter the STEM category to be able to create something inter-actable for kids to learn more about the Constitution in a fun way. I chose a website because I really enjoy web design and it would very accessible to others.

What did you learn while creating your entry?
From doing research to add to the website, I learned a lot more about the depth of the Constitution and the way our government runs, in general.

How do you plan to spread the word this year to your peers about the importance of the U.S Constitution?
I have actually shared the website with a few different teachers, both elementary, middle, and high school, who have told me they plan to incorporate it into their lessons.

How do your friends respond to history or talking about the Constitution?
Some of my friends really enjoy studying U.S. History and are always open to debate about the Constitution.

What do you love about U.S. History and the forming of our government?
I love how unique the forming was and how the relevance of the documents has able to survive so many decades and changes.

Which U.S. historical site would you like to visit?
I would love to visit Ellis Island! I find the history fascinating and it would be very interesting to see where my family came to America.

Which American historical figure is most influential/inspirational to you?
I find many people of history to be inspiring and it’s hard to choose just one; however, I greatly admire Virginia Hall who was an OSS spy in WWII and the first woman and civilian to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross!

Who is your greatest role model?
My greatest role model is my father because of how hardworking, intelligent, and persevering he is.

What in your life are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about using science and problem solving to aid and inform others.

How do you spend your free time?
In my free time I love reading, writing, drawing, and spending time outdoors.

What are your plans for the future?
In the future I hope to get degrees in Engineering and Forensic Chemistry, then work as an Intelligence Analyst for the FBI or CIA.

If you could do one super impactful thing to help people, what would it be?
I would make STEM resources more available to kids everywhere, because playing around with code or test tubes today could lead to making groundbreaking discoveries or products in the future that can have huge, helpful impacts on so many people to come.

Why is the Constitution relevant today?
The Constitution is relevant today because it is the basis and heart of our government and our rights and is what keeps the country going after 200 years and will keep it going in the future.

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