Jackie Means’ efforts to share her love of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education with local young girls has gained her plenty of well-deserved local plaudits. But now the Delaware Military Academy senior is getting big time national acclaim.
Means will appear on the Dr. Oz Show tomorrow, Friday October 18, where the famed cardiologist with deep Delaware roots will hear about the teenager’s impressive work in engaging and inspiring other young women on “how much fun STEM can be.” The Doctor Oz Show Airs locally on Fox at 2 pm.
In her sit down with Mehmet Oz, Means discusses her programs with the Wilmington Parks and Recreation department that have impacted hundreds of girls in the city. Over her high school career, Means has put on four major events a year, the most recent attended by more than 70 girls.
She does fundraisers to support the cost of the events and has partnered with local companies like Chemours to provide attendees with book bags filled with STEM related items.
The STEM guru’s turn on the Dr. Oz Show tomorrow isn’t her first national exposure. Last summer, the Today Show featured Means in a segment on STEM education.
Means was tight-lipped about her appearance on Oz, saying she was sworn to secrecy. But she did say the former Delawarean was a welcoming host who knew a lot about the First State.
“It was incredible to meet Dr. Oz,” she said. “It was great to speak to someone who knew about my state — he went to Tower Hill and worked at Christiana Hospital. He was great and really, really nice.”
Means was crowned Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen earlier this year and she is hoping to study neuroscience at UD next fall.
Seemingly unrelated, we do want to acknowledge the other Delaware-related story which aired on Dr. Oz this week. Today Dr. Oz interviewed Mark Gerardot, a former University of Delaware employee whose wife murdered his colleague and lover Meredith Chapman before turning the gun on herself.
The segment was part of the Science, Medicine and Mystery segment which Oz hosts every Tuesday and Thursday. On the segment, the doctor said, “There are things we can all learn from this unthinkable tragedy.”