Origami Salami Founder and CEO Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service at a gala reception and awards ceremony at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh last week.
The Post-Gazette announced, “In 2009, Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz created Origami Salami, an organization that links similarities between origami and STEM (Science Technology Mathematics) while creating community based initiatives that coincide with the creation of art and science….Events are happening all over the world in libraries, schools, and clubs where students are creating original designs and donating their origami designs for good.”
According to Ms. Frederick-Jaskiewicz, the overriding goals of Origami Salami and Folding for Good are to increase the number of STEM pipeline students by raising awareness of STEM applications achievable through the simple “hobby” of folding origami, and then to improve the world through Folding for Good initiatives supporting various good causes. “The practice of origami improves spatial skill which is widely regarded as a predictor of ability in STEM. It also improves memory, focus, and small motor skill.” says Frederick-Jaskiewicz.
The Jefferson Awards Foundation is “the longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service” in the United States. The Pittsburgh celebration was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and BNY Mellon.