Irving—Young trailblazer Julia Paek of Irving was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Be More Fund by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) for her world betterment project, 3D Study Cube.
In the programs currently used for studying, some are good for simple memorization, such as words and texts, and others are better for learning through instructors’ visual lectures. In comparison, 3D Study Cube is capable of combining and refining these attractive features exhibited in other learning aids. Julia aims to help those who do not have high-quality educational opportunities, due to economic or regional reasons. 3D Study Cube provides a more intimate one-on-one mentoring environment that would be more effective than the online educational environment that is used now.
Julia hopes that 3D Study Cube can change our educational environment from competitive to collaborative, a new educational paradigm where people collaborate and connect with one another, that looks similar to but different from the ways of the current and allows numerous students living in underdeveloped areas to learn effectively from their “Leaders” and “Advisors” through direct help.
The Be More Fund was created to acknowledge the positive, future-focused work that students, young professionals, and educators are doing. Through the program, students and educators took part in a competition at NSHSS’ Scholars Day in Atlanta, where they presented their projects to a panel of judges. Ten winners were selected to each receive a $10,000 grant (totaling $100,000 given by NSHSS) based on their professional presentation of a creative and viable plan to make the world a better, more equitable place.