By Carol Ozemhoya
This eight-year-old Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) entrepreneur is inspiring kids from all over the world to find their own genius, reports Afro Tech.The creator of Team Genius Squad, eight-year-old Ava the S.T.E.M. Princess®, experienced academic challenges for several years. These challenges negatively impacted Ava in her day-to-day life with her educational instructors and peers; specifically, being singled out as a poor performer, teased for not understanding classroom material and excluded from friendships and cliques because she didn’t fit the mold. Not knowing what her inner genius was and the learning style that worked best for her caused Ava to experience bouts of discouragement and low self-esteem. These unfortunate events were the catalyst that catapulted Ava to learn and entertain herself and others in a different manner.But through the utilization of visual aids (videos), scripting skits and utilizing her creative gifts and talents (i.e. developing designs, generating chemical reactions, singing, making people smile), the eight-year-old genius identified her niche.From this, during the pandemic, Ava’s first S.T.E.M experiment video was released on YouTube in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, “How To Make Hand Sanitizer At Home.” Due to the overwhelming response, Ava began a S.T.E.M. video series that includes easy-to-follow experiments and entrepreneurial ventures (e.g., branding) with personalized skits. These videos were her way of sharing with and encouraging others to know that you can do anything with a little fun and the appropriate methods for your learning style. The development and production of these videos assisted Ava with improving her reading and math skills significantly and also gave birth to Ava the S.T.E.M Princess®, the CEO, GeniusEO of Team Genius Squad. the Taglines, “Be The Genius You Are!” and “#TeamGeniusSquad” has become well known throughout social media.To date, Ava the S.T.E.M. Princess® has grown 90,000 followers on social networks, and almost 15,000 subscribers on YouTube.