The McLean Area Branch has a special interest in encouraging young women and girls to pursue educational opportunities related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Some of our activities include:
- STEM Excellence Award
- High School Achievement Awards in Math and Science
- Support for the Kent Gardens Elementary School Science Fair
STEM Excellence Award
Rose Rasty, a junior at Langley High School, was selected as the 2017 recipient of the branch’s STEM Excellence Award. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Excellence Award is given to a female student or team from a high school in the McLean area with an outstanding science fair project in the field of Engineering. Rose received an award certificate, a $100 award, and recognition at the Branch’s Annual Dinner in May at River Bend Country Club.
This year’s award recognized the work done by Rose on the project, “Optimizing Oil Spill Remediation Using Ferrofluid and Algae.” She demonstrated unusual creativity in looking for a solution to cleaning up the environment after an oil spill. A year ago Rose worked with a species of algae responsible for harmful algae blooms. But she came across recently published articles that described how algae could be used to break down hydrocarbons in oil. She also investigated the properties of ferrofluid that can extract oil with the use of a magnet. was able to devise a method of combining these two extremely different remedies to apply them to cleaning up oil spills. Rose credits both teachers and her parents for providing guidance and support throughout the course of her project.
High School Achievement Awards in Math and Science
The McLean Area Branch has partnered with counselors at McLean, Langley, and Marshall High Schools for the fourth year in a row to award Science and Math Achievement Awards to six female students finishing their junior year. This award, which is funded through our book sale proceeds, consists of a certificate and a check for $100 for each honoree.
The awards process was managed by a committee consisting of Sherry Joslin (Marshall HS contact), Myrtle Hendricks-Corrales (McLean HS contact), Barbara Sipe (Langley HS contact), Peggy Stotz, and Judy Page (STEM chair). Career center counselors at the schools were provided with the criteria for award eligibility from our Policies and then managed the process of selecting the students. The following students are receiving the 2017 awards:
McLean High School – Math: June Chang
McLean High School – Science: Nour Khachemoune
Langley High School – Math: Ashley Zhang
Langley High School – Science: Emily Buckingham
Marshall High School – Math: Helen Oker
Marshall High School – Science: Tatiana Kennedy
The awards were presented at each of the high schools by representatives of the AAUW McLean Area Branch. The branch instituted the awards to encourage young women to pursue educational opportunities related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).