A few weeks ago, Haley Biane from Washington State, contacted CCAKids. She asked if we could help her with her science fair project by sending out a survey to our families for students to take. I spoke to Haley and her Mom to learn a little bit more about her work and then we set up an interview.
Haley told me that last year she worked on a project called "Beautiful Faces, Craniofacial Abnormalities," and that her project had won three awards, including First Prize in the Washington State Science Fair.
Haley developed an interest in researching craniofacial differences after browsing her Kindle and finding a story about a young girl with a facial tumor. After reading several more stories, she was motivated to not only find out more about how to help the world become more accepting of people with differences but also to focus on becoming a craniofacial surgeon herself one day.
To build off her project from last year, this year Haley is researching how appearance affects students' self-esteem and their interactions at school. This type of research could help in educating students against bullying and by letting students know that we all feel insecure at times but it is never okay to discriminate, tease, bully, or exclude someone for how they look.
I interviewed Haley and below you will find a short clip of our conversation and an invitation to participate in the survey. Click here (or press play below) to listen and watch.
STUDENTS: You can participate in this survey! The survey will remain open through mid-February to collect answers from students with and without differences. Your answers will help Haley evaluate the impact of appearance on students' self-esteem.
Thank you for participating, and thank you Haley for bringing awareness to our vision to create a world where everyone is accepted for who they are, not how they look!